TWO of the seasoned People’s Party leaders, Minister Nisar Khuhro, and former adviser Maula Bux Chandio have issued strong worded rejoinder terming Nawaz Sharif’s Jacobabad speech of April 14, as some kind of a joke, because the prime minister, according to them, has been making promises, which have remained unfilled.
In fact they argue that Sindh was continuously demanding its rightful share from divisible pool, asking the National Finance Commission to honour its obligations towards smaller provinces, and similarly it was feeling hurt for not being given its due share of water from River Indus, which had badly affected agricultural production in the southern province.
In his statement, Chandio questioned the PML-N why the party failed to remember Sindh in the last four years. Speaking at the 10th death anniversary of former chief minister Syed Abdullah Shah.He said the Nawaz-League has not fulfilled promises made with the people of the province.
Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani said that in the prime minister’s public gathering at Jacobabad, people were brought on rent and Nawaz Sharif had made false announcements in Sindh. He said that the people of Pakistan love their great leaders Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.
Senior Sindh Minister Nisar Ahmed Khohro said that today the whole world was demanding eradication of terrorism. He said that Nawaz Sharif was having farewell parties being arranged in his honour in Sindh.
MNA Malik Asad Sikandar, while criticising Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, said that those who escaped from the country and went to Saudi Arabia and London considered themselves as lions. Sindh Minister Industries Manzoor Hussain Wasaan, addressing on the occasion, said Sindh produces gas but the people of Sindh are deprived of it. He said that such double standards would harm the country.
Meanwhile, responding to the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s speech during his Jacobabad visit, Provincial Minister for Transport and Mass Transit Nasir Hussain Shah said that the premier should also start taking action on his promises he made in his earlier visits to Sindh.
Speaking to Geo News, Shah said that the prime minister promised that the federal government will bear the partial cost of the Karachi Operation – a promise it did not fulfil.’When people were martyred in Sindh in a recent suicide attack, neither the prime minister nor Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan bothered to visit the province,’ he said.
‘We welcome their visit in the province at least from today as he has started considering himself the prime minister of the entire country – not of one province.’ Debunking the allegations of Khawaja Saad Rafique, who raised questions over the transparency of the Nooriabad power project, he claimed that through a transparent open bidding a company got the 49 percent shares of the project.
‘It is a blatant lie. I demand them to openly name the person from Sindh who they say owns the project,’ he said. ‘The gas production from Nooriabad will be given to the K-Electric to overcome power shortage in Karachi.’
Shah alleged that more than Rs32 billion had been given to the PML-N legislators. However, from last six years, the lawmakers from the province haven’t received a penny.’Punjab and Lahore are also ours – but discriminatory attitudes from the federal government hurts us.’
He questioned the provincial government why the people of the district were deprived of the basic needs of life. He said the facilities that had been provided in Punjab should also be available to the people of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.