Karachi - While the death tally from heatwave surged, the Sindh government Wednesday with the Chief Minister Syed Qaim led a sit-in outside Sindh Assembly against federal government demanding to compensate victims.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that the province has large reservoirs of gas, coal and natural resources but it was deprived of its due share of electricity from the federal government.
He said that the federal government promised not to carryout loadshedding during Ramazan, however, due to excessive loadshedding from K-Electric during heatwave, hundreds of people have died.
He said that the federal government was responsible for the deaths in Karachi therefore it should compensate the victims. The chief minister also demanded the Federal Minister for Defence and Power Khawaja Asif to either resign from his post or provide electricity to the province.
“The federal government should fulfill its promise and end loadshedding in the province,” he said.
The sit-in was also attended by provincial ministers Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Sharjeel Inam Memon, Mumtaz Jakhrani, Deputy Speaker Sindh Assembly Shehla Raza, PPP Karachi Division President Najmi Alam and others.
Meanwhile, Opposition parties in the Sindh Assembly including Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Pakistan Muslim League-Functional, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz refused to participate in the protest, saying that such protest were only aimed at creating headlines nothing else.
Speaking to media, Opposition leader in Sindh Assembly Khawaja Izharul Hassan said that they do not want to participate in an exhibitory protest that would not provide any relief to the people.
“Neither the chief minister nor any of his ministers had taken out time to visit hospitals in the province or the victims houses,” he said adding that MQM would play its part to provide relief to the masses and had set up heat stroke camps in the province.