SEHWAN - Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has a long history of enmity with Sindh. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, right from his election as prime minister until his ouster, never stayed in Sindh to solve problems of people of the province.

He stated this while addressing the 11th death anniversary of his father, former Sindh chief minister Syed Abdullah Shah, in his native village Wahur Murad Ali Shah in Taluka Sehwan on Saturday.

Those who attended the death anniversary include former chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Speaker of Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durani, provincial ministers Nisar Khuhro, Manzoor Wassan, Sohail Anwar Siyal, Jam Khan Shoro, Syed Nasir Shah, Mukesh Kumar Chawla, Taimore Talpur, Saeed Ghani, MPAs Murad Ali Shah, Dr Bahadur Dahri and others.

Syed Murad Ali Shah said that PML-N patron Nawaz Sharif had never given importance to Sindh and its people with regard to their problems. “It was only lip service he used to pay otherwise his contribution to solution of problems facing people of Sindh is zero,” he said. During Sharif’s tenure as prime minister, he said, worst loadshedding hit Sindh. “He never gave due share to people of Sindh in NFC. He did not release funds he had committed under the National Action Plan (NAP) and even made at source deduction from the funds for Sindh,” he added.

Talking about Shehbaz Sharif’s visit to Karachi, Murad Ali Shah said the Punjab chief minister had shown up in the Sindh capital like a seasonal frog because general elections are approaching. “After disqualification of his brother he has taken over as president of his party and has realized that Sindh is an important province where a large number of voters lives,” he said. “Your visit would bear no fruit because people of Sindh know very well that your visit and your promises are like bubbles of hot water,” he said.

Murad Ali Shah said that people of Sindh would always support the PPP because the party leadership from Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to Benazir Bhutto and from Benazir Bhutto to Asif Ali Zardari served people of Sindh in particular and Pakistan in general without any discrimination. He said it was ZA Bhutto who gave identity to people of Pakistan all over the world. He said that Bhutto sent manpower abroad, particularly to Middle East and Europe and gave a strong constitution to the country in 1973. He said that Bhutto made the defence of this country much stronger by launching the nuclear programme. He said that it was Benazir Bhutto who gave missile programme, empowered women and launched an energy programme but her successors plunged the country into darkness.

Talking about PPPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zaradri, Murad Ali Shah said he gave 18th Amendment and the first ever multi-criterion NFC award. “Now, it is the turn of Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari who would make the country stronger in terms of its economy, defence and federating units,” he said.

Had he believed in the parliament, Shah said, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif would have not seen days of his total political destruction.

Paying rich tribute to his father Syed Abdullah Shah, the former chief minister of Sindh, Murad Ali Shah said that he was a loving and caring father who gave good education to his children. He used to pick him, his brother and sisters from school himself. As a chief minister, the services of Syed Abdullah Shah would always be remembered, he said.