KARACHI, (MANEND NEWS): Minister for Information and Broadcasting
Fawad Chaudhry says 1600 to 1800 billion rupees have been provided
to Sindh government during the last three years and 27 percent more
budget will be provided in the next fiscal year.
Talking to media persons in Karachi on Sunday, he said federal
government provided additional 500 Megawatt electricity to Karachi
which resulted in less load shedding during extreme hot weather.
The Information Minister said law and order situation in the province is
also bleak and street crimes are on the rise which shows pathetic
performance of provincial government.
He said people belonging to all walks of life have appreciated the
federal budget and hopefully next year will be growth year
To a question, Fawad Chaudhry said local government elections should
be held in Sindh to ensure development at grass root level.
Fawad Chaudhry hit out at PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and
the Sindh cabinet, blaming them for “stealing Sindh’s water”.
The minister said Punjab was not stealing Sindh’s water but Bilawal
and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and the provincial
cabinet were guilty of the crime. “The water never runs short when it
comes to Zardari and his sister’s lands,” alleged Chaudhry.
He said independent observers should find out how much water is
provided to Sindh and the amount that is used up by the provincial
Fawad Chaudhry accused the Sindh chief minister of resorting to
“politics of nationalism”, adding that he was distancing himself from
the political principles adopted by PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
He said the Centre had increased the share for provinces in the federal
budget, adding that Sindh would receive more than Rs750bn according
to the NFC award.
“If so much money is coming in (each year) where is it going?” he
asked. “They were unable to create a [competent] police force in the
city. They have to seek help from the Sindh Rangers every time,”
added the minister.
He expressed displeasure of the dismal law and order situation of
Sindh, adding that the Karachi police was not even aware of the city’s
problems. “Whoever wants to loot a car in Karachi can do so with
impunity,” he lamented.
Turning his guns towards the PPP leadership, Chaudhry accused
Zardari of limiting the chief minister and assembly’s role.
“All decisions are taken by the Zardari family,” he said. “They appoint
one person as a rubberstamp chief minister. The Zardari family runs
the chief minister in accordance with their wishes,” added Chaudhry.
Criticising the Sindh government for what he deemed their lacklustre
administration, Fawad Chaudhry said people were demanding the
imposition of Governor rule in the province.
“However, there is no provision for it [Governor rule] in the
Constitution,” he added. The minister lashed out at the PML-N as well,
adding that the PML-N “does not have a future” in General Elections
2023 as well.
He said the government’s budget 2021-22 was a people-friendly one,
adding that this year Pakistan will grow its economy. The minister
added that the government had decided to slash prices of smaller cars
to benefit the common citizen.
“People who have white-collar jobs will immensely benefit from the
Kamyab Jawan Programme and the government’s housing projects,”