Crime, corruption biggest issues of Sindh: Mahar

KARACHI: Sindh Assembly opposition leader Muhammad Shaharyar Khan has said that though terrorism is a growing concern for Sindh, but the biggest issue at the moment is the surge in regular crime and the government had miserably failed to tackle this problem.Taking part in the general debate on the provincial budget in Sindh Assembly on Tuesday, he said, the provincial finance department through this year’s budget had exposed the ineptness of Sindh government. He said that last year the government had chosen the slogan of good governance, but this year it was shunned and replaced by a new slogan of service delivery. He inquired, had the Sindh government succeeded in achieving the good governance. “In connection of the provincial budget the government did not follow the Rule 143 and it is expected that it would also violate the Rule-160 while getting passed the supplementary budget,” he added. He said there were frauds of Rs 3.8 billion in Benazir Income Support Programme. He said the poverty could not be eliminated with charity but with giving people justice. He said that Sindh government was not giving its people justice as it was violating the rule of merit. “Not only that there is no merit, there is no justice in the province too,” he added. He said, “Law and order could not improve till the rule of merit prevails and that in return could not be upheld till there is a political will.” Quoting an example of lack of merit, he said, in his district Shikarpur, 44 patients of hepatitis C were recruited in police on political favouritism, despite the fact that they were medically unfit. He said new colleges and universities were being established without any ostensible improvement in the primary education. He said they cannot run the existing institutes but were bent to establish even more institutes. Criticizing the new budget, he said, masses of Sindh would be affected by it. He said the provincial regime was hiding its incompetence in the name of terrorism threat, while the real problem, which Sindh is facing “is surge in the regular crime”. He said in his district Shikaprur, on average 18 people were murdered every month and comparing the population of Shikarpur to Karachi, the crime rate in Shikarpur was 300 percent more than the crime in Karachi. He said police officers, who were being posted in crime-infested areas “are more interested in politics than in policing”. He said Karachi faced severe law and order issue but the PPPP-led government did nothing. “When the federal government took notice of the Karachi situation the provincial government came out of its deep slumber,” he continued. He said ghost teachers were everywhere and in his own Taluka there were at least 250 ghost schoolteachers. He said, “According to a survey of IBA, the educational standard of intermediate passed students of Sindh is equal to class eight passed students; therefore, these students are compelled to pass foundation examinations before resuming their higher studies.” Mahar said in government hospitals medicines were openly stolen and sold. “There is equipment but not enough technicians to run it. There is acute shortage of doctors and surgeons,” he added. He said that the government programme of hepatitis control even lacked the basic test for hepatitis detection. He said today the cities and towns of Sindh were braving 16 hours a day load shedding and the provincial government was claiming to export electricity by the year 2018. He said the Thar coal was discovered in 1984 but nothing done to develop it. He said the contract to build Islamkot airport was given to the firm that had made shoddy Shirshah Bridge in Karachi. 

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