Karachi: Federal Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Chowdhury Fawad Hussein, expressed on Saturday that he hopes that the Sindh Provincial Government will use federal funds for the welfare of the people in the next year’s budget.
He added that it is not yet clear where the funds allocated by the center in the past will be used because there has been no field situation in this regard.
The minister was interviewed by the media after attending the Pakistan International Film Festival (PIFF) held in Freer Hall as the main guest.
Fawad said that the Sindh provincial government has not reformed the province’s law enforcement agencies. He added that, on the contrary, the Rangers deployed in Sindh in 1990 have been performing their duties.
The minister said: “The people in the urban areas of Sindh, especially Karachi, have been complaining that they have not resolved their grievances because the provincial government has not fulfilled its responsibilities in this regard.”
Fawad said that the mayor of Karachi should be directly elected, and the provincial finance committee should allocate appropriate funds for development in mega cities.
If they continue to rely on (Chief Minister of Sindh) Murad Ali Shah and the company, Karachi will not make progress.
He said that other towns and cities in Sindh are carrying out some development plans and projects, while the people of Karachi are completely ignored by the provincial government in terms of municipal, health and education facilities.
He noted that the business community was not setting new industrial units in the city due to corrupt practices of the provincial government.
The minister said the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leaders Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto were against ethnic politics, rather they opted for politics of federation.
However, once the federal party had been converted into a nationalist group since it was taken over by Asif Ali Zardari, he added.
The PPP had now shrunk to Sindh, Fawad said, asking the PPP leaders to learn from the politics of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto.
To a question, the minister said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Ahsan Iqbal had rejected the electronic voting machine without understanding its importance.
For transparency in future election, all the parties must show seriousness, but the opposition had adopted a non-serious attitude in that regard, he added.
Fawad said for the first time the federal budget was warmly welcomed because when the whole world was negatively impacted with the pandemic, Pakistan attained economic growth.