KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that on the advice of prime minister he has sent panels of five officers to the federal government for posting of one of them as new IG police but even then, the matter is still hanging in balance.
“But, I am sure the prime minister will appoint one of them as new IG police in the larger interest of the law and order of the province.”
This he said while talking to media just after presiding over National Women’s Day organized by Sindh Commission on The Status of Women here on Wednesday at a Local Hotel.
Replying to a question, the chief minister said that he had not sent the names of the senior police officers for posting of one of them as new IG Police, Sindh on his own but “it was the advice of the prime minister who had asked me to send him a panel of three officers which we did with the approval of the cabinet and then again the PM Secretariat asked for two more names which were also dispatched accordingly,” he said.
He told the pressers that the prime minister would soon accord approval for the new IG police, Sindh.
Mr Shah said that the removal of the Inspector General of Police was not his decision but the cabinet had approved it unanimously. Now, the federal government should honour the provincial cabinet by implementing their demand, he said.
Replying to another question, the chief minister said that the cabinet had decided that no katcha house would be bulldozed during the on-going anti-encroachment drive in the city. The supreme court has also been requested to give time to the provincial government so that alternate arrangements for the affected people could be made all over Sindh, he said.
To another question, the chief minister said that Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto would appear in the NAB office, Islamabad. He said that whenever Chairman PPP raises public issues and announce his plan he starts receiving NAB letters. “But, he is a strong leader and these notices can’t scare him to withdraw from raising public-oriented issues,” he said.
Mr Shah said that President Asif Zardari languished in jails for over 10 years but nothing was proved against him. “Those where the political cases and the cases in which Chairman has received notice is also a political case,” he said and added Mr Zardari and Faryal Talpur have been given bails on merit.
To a question the chief said that the FBR without obtaining the consent directed the Excise & Taxation Department to collect withholding Tax on their behalf. “Our department is serving FBR but the FBR without realizing the contribution of Sindh government has started deducting at source from our consolidated account,” he said and added despite repeated requests the FBR was not returning money. “Now, we have decided to discuss the matter in the cabinet whether to continue the Withholding Tax collection facility may be continued or withdrawn,” he said and added the let the cabinet decide.
Mr Shah said that the FBR has not only targeted Sindh but had started at source deduction from the accounts of other smaller provinces, he and added that they have also made hue and cry against the FBR. “I’ll keep fighting for the right of Sindh and would get the money back,” he said.
—Speaks: speaking as a chief guest at National Women Day organized by Sindh Commission on The Status of Women programmne, the chief minister said “the number of women in Sindh comes to 229,664,78 which become 48 percent of the provincial population. The female labour force has been calculated at 13.5 percent while the literary rate of women in the province has been recorded at 44 percent,” he said and added that the percentage of out of school girls children was 49 percent for which he was striving to bring them back.
Mr Shah said that it was his government which passed Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act, 2013 and Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act 2013. He added that both the laws have been passed to empower women. “The society which does not respect women never flourishes, therefore we have institutionalize the gender equality and women empowerment through legislation,” he said.
Mr Shah also said that he belonged to a Party of Shaheed Mohterma Benazir Bhutto who always worked hard for women empowerment and broght women in every public and private sector, including judiciary and police.
He congratulated Nuzhat Shireen, the chairperson of Sindh Commission on status of Women for celebrating National Women Day.
He also gave away Shaheed Mohterma Benazir Bhutto Life Achievement Award to different women who have contributed a lot for the cause of womenfolk.
At the end of his programme, the chief minister visited the stalls the women had set up to promote their cottage industry articles.