KARACHI: On Friday, Federal Information Minister Shibli Faraz accused the Sindh government of the Pakistan Peoples Party of “conspiring” against the Rs1.1 trillion Karachi development package just to score political points and tarnish the picture at the centre of the government of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf.
Though he did not provide information on the status of the uplift package, the minister blamed the provincial administration for raising barriers that eventually affected the lives of the Karachiites in its implementation.
It is tragic that the government of the PPP not only poses barriers in the Karachi package, but also makes every step to keep people deprived of any federal development programme,” he said while speaking at the Governor’s House with reporters.”
“Larkana is a PPP stronghold, but if you visit the area, the city’s roads and streets will clarify the PPP government’s results. They want every Sindh city, including Karachi, to be transformed into Larkana. And why do they do so… just for political point-scoring and to defame the PTI administration.”
In September 2020, Prime Minister Imran Khan unveiled an ambitious Rs1.1tr package to grow the country’s financial hub after record monsoon rains wreaked havoc on the infrastructure of Karachi.
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The speed of implementation and execution of the programme, however, remains in doubt in the midst of competition between the PTI and PPP federal and provincial governments, respectively.
‘PDM is falling apart’
Mr Faraz also took the opportunity to condemn the Pakistan Democratic Movement, the opposition coalition, for its’ unsuccessful policy.’
“Under one platform, narratives exist,” he said. The PPP insists on [motion] no-confidence, although the PML-N questions it and its repeated demands for a long march [are] strong signs that the PDM is falling apart. They’re all starving for legitimacy. All is nice when they are in office, but when they are out of control, they use every tool, every tactic to hurt the country.
When PTI’s good governance assertions were challenged in the light of the latest Transparency International report on the growing pattern of corruption in the world, the federal minister claimed that “things take time to fix.”
“We are fighting against a seven-decade-old system, and within two years, you can’t fix everything,” he said.
Mr Faraz believed that the accountability process had already started and in the years to come it would begin to deliver results.
For eg, in the forthcoming Senate elections, all the attempts from the top right of the PM Office are being made to avoid the dirty game of money. You’d see the same pattern of wrongdoing in next year’s study if previous trends persist in the Senate polls, he added.