PTI’s Exuberance In Wooing Sindh Nationalists Against PPP Emit Conflicting Signals

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PKONWEB Report (Karachi) — Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) is making political moves to seek a democratic path for the replacement of Pakistan Peoples Party’s Chief Minister in Sindh for being named in the JIT Report submitted to the Supreme Court last week on the Rs.54 billion mega money laundering scam.

Since PTI does not have enough votes in the Sindh assembly, the party is trying to form a joint front against the PPP’s embattled leadership with the province’s political and nationalist parties.

The PTI’s parliamentary party leader and Sindh General Secretary Haleem Adil Shaikh on Monday met the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) General Secretary Ayaz Latif Palijo in Hyderabad and the Sindh United Party’s (SUP) Syed Jalal Mehmood Shah in Jamshoro in this regard.

Shaikh also met provincial general secretary of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) on the agenda.

After the meeting, GDA’s Palijo said the alliance and PTI were set to form a coalition in the provincial assembly.

Along with Governor Imran Ismail, Mr. Shaikh spent last two days in Khangarh and discussed modalities of a future government with Mahars of Ghotki, reported Dawn.

“We are going to launch a campaign to rid the province of corruption and all corrupt elements,” said Shaikh, adding that the campaign would start with demand for CM Murad Ali Shah’s resignation.

Mr Palijo said a new government in Sindh would be formed within the constitutional, democratic and moral parameters.

The MPA remarked that the people of Sindh knew everything about massive corruption in all departments much before the JIT looked into the affairs and collected facts.

All constitutional, legal, democratic and moral obligations would be adhered to, he asserted.

“Imposition of governor’s rule is one option. Though we do not opt for it, it cannot be ruled out,” he said referring to the the Article 234 of the Constitution. The Supreme Court however has warned against imposition of governor’s rule in Sindh.

Mr. Shaikh said he also did not favor imposition of governor’s rule, saying: “Vote of confidence or vote of no-confidence may be the first option which is very much a democratic practice.”

On Monday, PTI) provincial lawmaker Khurram Sher Zaman submitted an adjournment motion in the Sindh Assembly, and warned the Sindh government through the media that the party would lead a strong protest in the assembly if the adjournment motion was rejected. “We won’t let the assembly session run smoothly if our motion is rejected. Our prime demand is to replace Murad Ali Shah,” he said.

Meanwhile, according to a report, GDA leader Sadaruddin Shah Rashdi distanced his party from the demand of removing the Sindh government and bringing an in-house change in the Sindh Assembly. Addressing the media after a party meeting in Karachi, Rashdi, who is the brother of Pir Pagara, said, “We respect the mandate of any political party and want every government to complete its tenure.” He went to clarify that the agenda for the party meeting was to prepare for the upcoming local bodies elections and not to derail any government.

The JIT report makes former president and PPP Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari, his son and PPP Chairperson Bilawal, sister Faryal Talpur, CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah and dozens others culpable in the money laundering case, The probe was conducted by the FIA at apex court’s order.

The top court however said inclusion of names in JIT report does not automatically make them culpable—the top court bench said it has to review the report first. Justice Nisar also pulled up the government on putting all the suspects (172 of them) named in the JIT Report on the no-fly list and directed the federal cabinet through the Attorney General to review its decision.

Nevertheless, a shaken and stirred top cadre of PPP leadership is digging in for a legal battle ahead in the top court as well as a political one in the provincial assembly where numerically it enjoys a majority–unwittingly, the PTI-led government in the Center has given an opportunity to the PPP to play the Sindh card, said some political observers but others disagree,

However, they said the federal government has worsened the already fragile relations between the Sindh government led by PPP and the PTI-led setup in the Center.

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