THE observation by the Sindhi Association of North America, a body representing middle-class Pakistanis living in the US, that the PPP government has done virtually nothing to better the plight of the Sindhis living in rural parts of the province, cannot go unnoticed. This is quite a paradox because one would have thought that the PPP-led government had seen to it that the Sindhis were brought into the social and economic mainstream. Another reason why it views the PPP with distaste is because what they allege is its alliance with the MQM, a settlement which has allowed the party to reign over urban parts of the province. SANA levels the charge that the MQM has been forming policies aimed at development only of big cities like Karachi, to the detriment of rural Sindh. The argument would look like carrying ethnic overtones but here SANA definitely has a point. The fact remains that the Sindhis living in the rural areas of the province have been for long at the receiving end of social and largely economic injustice meted out to them by various governments. The alarmingly low level of literacy, unemployment, shortage of hospitals, schools and other tools of development would lend credibility to what SANA is saying. Its contention that the PPP parliamentarians promised to undertake socio-economic development in their constituencies but did nothing to translate it into reality, is a sad reflection on the commitment of the PPP to the poverty-stricken people of the province. The PPP, which is a Sindh-based party, must try to address the problems that rankle with them on a war footing.