Does Nawaz Sharif even care about Sindh and its people?

Published: July 2, 2015
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PM said that he was going to Karachi to personally supervise the operation to restore peace. PHOTO: AFP

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attending a high level meeting in Karachi on Wednesday. PHOTO: PID PM said that he was going to Karachi to personally supervise the operation to restore peace. 
PHOTO: AFP

The outcome of the visit of our Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, to Karachi has been disappointing. There is an obvious crisis of governance in the province of Sindh where the provincial government and the administration are unable to rule and fulfil their tasks. It has reached a point to where people are dying on the street in droves.

Besides, the security situation is far from under control and it needs to be addressed on the basis of the findings given before by the Apex committee and the DG Rangers a couple of days ago. Governance and security issues cannot be tackled successfully if the sources of financing terrorism and the matter of black money are not investigated.

The premier’s visit has definitely not been a contribution towards this aim. On the contrary, only measures which have been announced before were discussed and it is open to anybody’s guess as to what will be the fate of those announcements.

Neither were any decisive steps announced or taken to tackle the K-Electric problem nor has the corruption problem been addressed, in spite of the provincial finance minister holding K-Electric responsible for the carnage that ensued due to the heat wave and load-shedding. Furthermore, instead of the prime minister’s announced visit to hospitals in order to give support to the victims of the heat wave, he cut his visit short and disappeared after only a few hours, heading as we are told, home, in order to travel to Norway with his family.

This highlights the priorities of our rulers. It took 12 days of the heat carnage in Karachi and the death of 1,500 people for our beloved prime minister to come to Karachi. He arrived after having been briefed by the Chief of Army Staff, Raheel Sharif, in detail about what to say and what not to say. That is good news, because it is the army and not the civilian government that is standing behind the Karachi operation,  and it is the Rangers who initiated the establishment of heat stroke centres in the city when all the politicians were sitting at home in acclimatised rooms.

It was the same DG Rangers’ General Bilal who produced the list of corrupt politicians from the ruling party and the bureaucracy which upset Mr Asif Ali Zardari so much that his real colours were evident when he went into a fit of rage over this list.

As a matter of fact, neither the Sindh government administration nor Nawaz Sharif and his government have any pity for the poor people of Pakistan. All they care about is their family and their buddies. Otherwise the prime minister would have at least visited one hospital or announced some help and compensation for the families of the victims.

Instead, both sides are indulging in a blame game against K-Electric and the water board. Whatever K-Electric does or does not do is their responsibility as well, do they not realise that?

They have given away this particular national asset for a whimper to their buddies in Arabistan only to have pocketed handsome rewards in return. Their own governments are operating with foreign advisors. And now they complain that it doesn’t work. Why would it? This was the nature of the business done at that time.

Pakistan is surely in an extremely bad situation; while Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is blaming Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and PML-N is blaming PPP, at the end we have to recognise that they are just partners in crime.

Ali Ashraf Khan

Ali Ashraf Khan

The author has been a Central Information Secretary of PML (Malik Qasim & Khwaja Khairuddin), remained associated in MRD formation and then as Member Central Coordination Committee of PDA. He is an ex-member of FACC during PPP's regime. He takes active part in trade body politics as a member EC of FPCCI 2014 and belongs to a refugee family from Kargil and Ladakh.

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