HYDERABAD – Former Sindh chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that the PPP would go to the masses to seek their votes in the election on the basis of the party's performance.

He announced this at a news conference addressed after a meeting of the Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) Sindh Council here Sunday.

He said that a large public meeting will be held in Larkana on the occasion of the death anniversary commemoration of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on April 4. He said the last Sindh government carried out record development works in the province and also obtained greater rights from the centre for the province.

"The National Finance Commission Award, the province's control over its resources, autonomy and the sales tax collection of the services are the achievements no provincial government had accomplished in the past," he said.

According to him, Sindh would collect Rs32 billion through the sales tax up from Rs4b which it did when it began the tax collection in 2010. "We built 7,000 houses for the poor, created 165,000 jobs, supported 800,000 poor families through Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), established 9 universities, 14 hospitals and one trauma centre in Karachi, among other record development works," he added.

He also hailed the last Sindh Assembly's move to regularise the services of all the contractual employees saying that the apprehension of being fired from the services on political basis was removed through that decision.The former chief minister opposed the sale of Budho and Bundal islands in Karachi by the Port Qasim Authority maintaining that only the Sindh government had the right of making such a deal. "We welcome the foreign investment if it can develop the city like Dubai. But we want that the Sindh government should be made a partner in that business venture," said Shah giving example of the provincial government's partnership with Engro corporation in a block of the Thar Coal Project.

Earlier, Qaim chaired a meeting of the PPP Sindh Council to review arrangements for the April 4 commemoration ceremony in Larkana.

Former ministers Makhdoom Jamil Zaman, Sassui Palijo, Jam Mehtab Dahar, Syed Nawaz Ali Shah, Syed Ali Mardan Shah and Zahid Ali Bhurgari and the Pakistan People’s Party Senators, former MNAs and MPAs from Sindh, among other local leaders, were present at the meeting.