Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, who belongs to the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is addressing the Seminar on “Corruption as a Component of Development” at the Shaheed Jeeay Bhutto Institute for the Advancement of Sexually Transmitted Democracy.
Institute director Dr. Ghulam Ayyash Chaaploos, introduces his guest, “Beloved Jiyalas, the true and dedicated lovers of our eternal master Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and the Queen of Martyrs Benazir Bhutto, and Ladies and Gentlemen, it is an immense honor and blessing for the Shaheed Jeeay Bhutto Institute for the Advancement of Sexually Transmitted Democracy to welcome our sublime guest, His Excellency Murad Ali Shah, our chief minister.
“There can be no greater introduction then to say that our honorable guest was appointed to this position by our beloved leaders, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, co-chairman of our party, and co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, and Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari and Aseefa Bhutto Zardari. Murad Ali Shah is a true and obedient servant of the Bhutto family.
“Today, he will be speaking on Corruption as a Component of Development. ”
The chief minister responds, “I am most grateful for the kind introduction given by our respected Dr. Chaploos. Indeed, he is worthy of great respect and admiration being a true and obedient servant of the Bhutto family.
“It is the enlightenment of our beloved co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari that the National Assembly adopted the Eighteenth Amendment of the Constitution of Pakistan on April 8, 2010. This Amendment gives full powers to the provinces. Legal experts, working under the enlightened leadership of our party’s guiding lights, the Ahle-Bayt-e Bhutto, have interpreted that when our party rules Sindh laissez-faire… where transactions between private parties are free from any government intervention, and especially in dealing with corruption, applies in its purity.
“However, since the election, or as I should apply the term enunciated by our respected co-chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, that is since the selection of Imran Khan as prime minister, federal entities like the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) have been interfering in our affairs.
“When demand only our accountability law should apply in Sindh. This law clearly spells out the right and shares of the owners of our party… their due for their devoted public service. We demand amending the existing federal law likewise.
“The issue of corruption is purely a provincial subject. This federal anti-corruption establishment, both NAB and the FIA, have nothing to do with provincial affairs.
“FIA is currently probing our beloved co-chairman Asif Zardari and his sister, our most respected Faryal Talpur, an MNA, on the accusation of multi-billion-rupee money laundering. NAB has also started investigations and inquiries against several of our provincial and central leaders.
“Truly NAB and FIA are responsible for the slow pace of development in our beloved Sindh. It is conspiracy against us, the real Sindhis.
“We have 99 members in our 168-seat Assembly. Out of our 99, around 36 are under NAB inquiry, when at least 85 members are required to form the government. These heroes who worship our sublime leadership descended from our martyrs are being targeted.
“The sword of Damocles is hanging over our heads. Some officers who have the willingness to dutifully carry out our command are also afraid of these inquiries.
“Yes, my government has failed to achieve its targets in most areas due to these hurdles and pressures. You can understand that when we are subject to federal anti-corruption agencies, we cannot grant contracts to those who always come bearing gifts for our illustrious leaders.
“I needn’t say much because you know the difficulties your true leaders are facing… our beloved Sharjeel Memon was hounded for keeping a couple of bottles in his hospital room.
“Our Jam Khan Shoro [former local government minister] needed a protective bail from Sindh High Court to fend off NAB. He is accused of embezzlement, misuse of authority and awarding illegal contracts.
“The Imran Khan gang is giving strange names to a birthright of those who render public service.
“The ring around us is being tightened. Now Imran government has constituted a task force under [Sindh governor] Imran Ismail to expedite development work in Karachi. Our beloved senator Sherry Rehman rightly called it a roadblock on provincial autonomy. This is unfair… how do we get our due?
“Now tell me which government employee will risk working intelligently, apportioning the share due to our great leaders? Imran Khan and his team have created an atmosphere of fear. This is not all; he is also setting up a task force against money laundering, with offices at airports and in all provinces. You know about the sufferings of that young girl, Ayyan Ali. Young ladies like her, are the heroes of our party. They play a sterling role in international banking. Even accounts opened to make poor people happy are being investigated.
“The biggest hurdle created by this violation of the 18th Amendment is that our most respected co-chairman Asif Zardari who has vast experience in managing an international real estate and investments portfolio spanning several continents is being prevented from imparting practical training to our great leaders of the present and the future… Bilawal, Bakhtawar and Aseefa… may they rule over us in perpetuity.
“We will not give up. We are giving hard Urdu words… of course Romanized… to our co-chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to shout out against Imran Khan and his party. The other day, he said, ‘Tehreek-e-Insaf has become Tehreek-e-Inteqaam now.’
“We will continue to stress that stopping corruption is a hindrance to progress.”