Qaim Ali Shah alongwith Senior PPP Leadership Tour Dubai to Meet Zardari
KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, two of his cabinet members and senior leader Faryal Talpur left for Dubai on Monday to meet Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari to finalise a strategy in the wake of an anti-corruption drive launched mainly by federal institutions.
Besides Mr Shah, Murad Ali Shah and Sohail Anwar Siyal, the finance and home ministers, respectively, also left for Dubai.
While the agenda of the meeting was not clear, background interviews with senior PPP leaders suggested that the Dubai sitting was not called to reach any immediate decision and its main purpose was to discuss and formulate a future strategy.
“Definitely the resignation from parliament can’t be an option,” said a senior leader. “You see it’s the PPP which persuaded the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement when they opted for resignation from parliament only because we believe that parliament is the right forum to raise our voice.”
He said that the CM had recently met the Rangers director general and the corps commander to discuss the ongoing operation in Karachi and its progress.
“Similarly, he also met the Federal Minister for States and Frontier regions, Abdul Qadir Baloch, a few days ago to raise his concerns about the actions of the federal institutions in Sindh without taking him on board,” he said.
“The chief minister has a lot to share with the PPP co-chairman. So I would not call it summoning the chief minister and other party leaders to Dubai, as it is also possible that these ministers or leaders are willing to meet Mr Zardari to brief him about the recent developments on political and other fronts in the province.”
It would be the first meeting of Mr Zardari with his provincial aides after he broke silence over the recent arrests of fellow party members and accused Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of “repeating the politics of the 1990s”.
In a hard-hitting statement issued from London last week, Mr Zardari had alleged that the steps being taken by the government “clearly indicated” that the rulers were “dividing” the nation in an attempt “to save their natural allies Taliban and the terrorists” and to “weaken” the war against terror.
Many observers also called it his first reaction over the arrest of his close aide and former federal minister Dr Asim Hussain by Rangers.
“It’s not the debate what the federal government can do or what it can’t in the recent situation,” said another leader when asked about any expected decision from the PPP after the Dubai meeting that reflected in the statement from London.
“We don’t know how helpless it is and if they [PML-N government] are they should declare their helplessness. How one can exempt the PML-N from the actions being taken by the federal agencies, including the FIA?”
He said the Dubai meeting was not called to decide on a final move but it was more of a consultative sitting, which the people would witness more often due to Mr Zardari’s stay in the United Arab Emirates.
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