SUKKUR - Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has expressed concern over the reduction of votes in the province according to the new voter lists.

Speaking to reporters at the Sukkur airport, Shah said he was astonished that the number of votes had decreased despite the inclusion of thousands of new voters. He said that he would request the federal government and Election Commission to investigate the matter.

When asked about the general elections, Shah replied that they would be held on time and the PPP was making preparations for them.

Commenting on Pakistan People’s Party government’s achievements during last four years, the CM said the party-led coalition government has provided job opportunities to youths of the province. “The masses have faith in the PPP leadership which has honoured the 2008 mandate and took every step in the best interest of the people and country,” he said adding the PPP enjoyed vast majority across the country and would once again emerge as the leady political strength.

To a query, Qaim said anti-democratic elements are busy hatching conspiracies against the government, but, he added, such forces would remain unsuccessful in their nefarious designs. “The PPP has public backing, so all such efforts to derail the ongoing democratic system will end in failure,” he said.

Meanwhile, scores of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam activists protested Friday, condemning the killings of Muslims in Burma.

They staged a protest demonstration at the Clock Tower Chowk under the leadership of Maulana Ubaidullah Bhutto, Maulana Abdul Haq Mahar, Maulana Arif Al-Hussaini and Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Bhutto. The participants were holding banners and placards. They also shouted slogans on the occasion.

While addressing on the occasion, the JUI leaders strongly criticised the UNO and western powers of their silence over the incidents of killing of large number of Muslims in Burma. They said that the Muslims in Assam were facing tortures and atrocities but no action from the UNO and the western countries has been taken so far.

Meanwhile, the management of University of Sindh Jamshoro succeeded in getting possession of 50 acres land near Judicial Complex, which was occupied by the land grabbers.

The university spokesman informed that the land grabbers have occupied 50 acres out of 170 acres land of the University of Sindh, which situated near Toll Plaza and Judicial Complex in Deh Soun Walhari. After occupying the land, the grabbers started levelling the land with sands, however, after receiving information, the security personnel, estate staff of the university along with the area police reached the spot and took possession of the occupied land from the grabbers.

On the request of the university management, the policemen along with security personnel of the university have been deployed at the site to protect the property from the grabbers, the spokesman informed.