KARACHI – President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday directed the PPP ministers to hold negotiations with other coalition partners for evolving a strategy to get the 12 senators from Sindh province elected unopposed. Chairing a meeting of the PPP ministers of Sindh Cabinet at Bilawal House, president, who is also the co-chairman of party, tasked Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and his other colleagues to ensure the election of all 12 senators unopposed.President Zardari reminded them of the last Senate elections which were held unopposed, directing the chief executive of Sindh province to continue pursuing the reconciliation policy in this regard. After the meeting, Sindh Information Minister Shazia Marri, briefing the media persons outside the Bilawal House, said President Zardari had asked the Sindh Chief Minister to hold meetings with the PPP ally parties for Senate elections. The president directed the CM and other ministers of PPP to evolve a strategy with other coalition partners for unopposed election of 12 senators like it was done in last Senate elections, she added.It may be noted that out of 22 senators of Sindh, 12 senators are going to retire in March and some new faces will replace them in upcoming Senate polls. During the meeting, President Zardari expressed his displeasure over PPP provincial ministers’ performance and advised them to ensure their availability for solving masses’ problems. The ministers briefed the president about working of their respective ministries and departments.Sources privy to the development, told TheNation that President Zardari told the ministers that he had information about their poor performance.Zardari, showing annoyance against some ministers, said lawmakers from PPP were continuously complaining in Sindh Assembly about the lack of cooperation and their non-availability to the people. The president advised the ministers to reach out to the people to address their problems. He also advised them to develop and maintain close liaisons with MPAs and help resolve the problems of their constituencies.Sources said that Minister for Food Mir Nadir Ali Khan Magsi, who was to look after the steps for draining out the rainwater, briefed the president about the ways and work done in this regard. Magsi in his briefing informed the president that old ways of water drainage was the only permanent solution to floodwater. President directed the Food Minister Nadir Magsi to prepare a strategy in this regard.  Sources said that President Zardari also showed displeasure over the performance of the Irrigation Department for its failure to drain out the rain and floodwater in southern Sindh. Provincial Minister for Irrigation Jam Saifullah Dharejo, during a recent press briefing as well as on the floor of Sindh Assembly, had claimed that over 90 per cent of rainwater had been drained out in Sindh province and agricultural land was ready for cultivation of crops. Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah during his one-on-one meeting with President Zardari briefed him about the political situation of the province. He also briefed the President about the MQM’s stance over local government system and upcoming Senate polls. Qaim gave also briefed him about overall political situation in the province and ruling PPP’s relations with other coalition partners.Advisor to CM for Special Education and PML-F leader Imtiaz Ahmed Shaikh also called on President Zardari at Bilawal House. He conveyed to the president a message of PML-F chief Pir Pagara Syed Sibgatullah Shah Rashdi. PML-F has only one senator in Senate, who is going to retire in March this year.Imtiaz sought help of President Zardari for election of their single senator from Sindh as ruling PPP did in last Senate elections. Sources said that President Zardari gave assurance to PML-F leader in this regard.

Meanwhile, the PPP has tabled a formula to its allies in Sindh for unopposed election of 12 senators in Sindh province. According to sources, the ruling coalition in the province has decided not to contest the upcoming Senate elections against each other and adjust their seats according to their representation in Sindh Assembly.