Why isn’t Qaim Ali Shah’s name on NAB’s investigation list?

Published: July 20, 2015
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Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah directs the Sindh home ministry. PHOTO: AFP

All words and no action is what can be best described for the old and incompetent Qaim Ali Shah. ‘Reshuffling’ of officers right before Eid holidays puts him in a category of his own, one which entails corrupt politicians and government officials the province has seen in the past 20 years. Words fall short to describe what this man has done to our province, Sindh.

Dismissing qualified district commissioners will not resolve the issues Mr Shah is trying (but failing miserably almost every single time) to address. Just as offering holidays for government officials when the common people of Sindh are dying due to the heat wave will not save the homeless children in Thar dying of starvation while His Highness cannot survive without a grand feast which is laid out for him and his party members every day. His lunch and dinner comprise of never-ending trays of biryani, tikkas, koftas and malai boti’s and there is separate menu for dessert, which includes fruits from all over the province.

This monarchy needs to end.

On grounds of investigation provided to him, he conveniently dismissed 10 very qualified officers stating that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is probing the officers over alleged corruption cases. The burning question remains, when will Qaim Ali Shah be investigated for the incessant double-dealing, bribery, palm-greasing corruption he has been involved in over the years?

If Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, and former president Asif Ali Zardari are on the investigation list, why are the incumbent ones not dismissed on the same grounds? Rather, why is Qaim Ali Shah’s name missing from the list?

With little to no development in Sindh during his tenure as the chief minister, and that even his third tenure, it is cringe-worthy to think he is our chief minister. The only people who benefit from his tenure are his little cronies, while we, the citizens continue to suffer.

Rightfully described as patriarchal and unfit to rule, inept Shah does not want to make any amends for the disgusting record he has set in the past five years and continues to make matters worse for the country. Bureaucracy wouldn’t be so corrupt if his boot-lickers weren’t the ones being posted all over Sindh.

Sindh’s performance in all sectors is worse than ever before, with illiteracy, hunger, corruption and chaos on the rise as compared to the other provinces.

If anyone should be dismissed over Eid holidays, it should be Mr Qaim Ali Shah. Let it be the Eid present to all the citizens of the province who have been waiting for the man to leave (possibly the planet). Let this unpleasant journey come to an end.

 

Munira Abbas

Munira Abbas

The author is a reporter for a local daily.

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