The PPP government has put all responsibility, on the centre for the deepened power crisis that has left people dying in the heat. With a heat wave, that has killed more than 1,500 people in Karachi, the federal government remains adamant that providing electricity to Karachi is not its “legal responsibility”, while the PPP is holding the PML-N government responsible for long hours of power outages which continue to contribute to the heat-stricken city’s miseries. The PPP chairman, Bilawal Bhutto summoned Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah to the Bilawal House and inquired about the performance of his government during the recent crisis. For him, the federal government and K-Electric are responsible for heat-related deaths in Karachi. Of course he would say that- if he wasn’t there, it wasn’t his fault, right!?

The Federal Minister for Water and Power, Abid Sher Ali has blamed PPP in the city for electricity crisis and crippling power cuts in the city. For him, this provincial government entered into wrong contract with the K-Electric that is rallying citizens in shape of crippling power cuts. The said authorities were not resorting to extra load shedding in the country, and the Rs 2.5 billion had been given to Sindh government to resolve water problems, was something that they seem to be hiding.

The fact of the matter is that even if the centre was wilfully neglecting Karachi and Sindh, the deaths happened on PPP watch. If there was no electricity, what explains the water crisis? What is even more ludicrous is how the Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, on the floor of the Sindh Assembly, deemed it was unfair for critics of his administration to blame the government for the heat wave deaths caused in Karachi, especially when such fatalities had happened before as well! His callous justifications for this statement was that he was away from Karachi for two days, and that deaths had happened “sub kay zamanon mein” (in previous governments and regimes as well)! Qaim Ali Shah, who also presided over the Thar famine, should have resigned by now in sheer remorse over the mass death in his province. This party, that has made this country a ground for its family feud, should for once open its eyes and see how terrible its governance of Sindh has been in the fast few months.