It’s not the time to do politics over Karachi, Shehbaz tells Centre

Shehbaz urges federal government to support Sindh over rain damage

By: News Desk      Published: 12:46 PM, 2 Sep, 2020
It’s not the time to do politics over Karachi, Shehbaz tells Centre

Former Punjab chief minister and PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday asked the federal government to extend all possible support to the Sindh government as the province is ravaged by the recent heavy monsoon rains and floods, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly declared that it is not a time to do politics as Karachi has drowned into rainwater.

Talking to newsmen after arriving in Karachi early Wednesday on a visit, Shehbaz Sharif said that he had to Karachi to express solidarity with the Sindh government and the people of the megacity.

Shehbaz Sharif said: “The whole country is with the people of Karachi at this time. We condole with the families who lost their loved ones in urban flooding.” He said people’s interests were ignored due to which Sindh and Karachi were facing these tragic days.

“It is a disaster here in Karachi,” said Shehbaz Sharif, asking where was the Rs162 billion fund announced by the federal government. He opined that development projects should be running in full swing in the commercial capital of Pakistan.

Earlier, he tweeted that all stakeholders should sit together to chalk out a comprehensive plan for Karachi.

The PML-N leader reached Karachi with party spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb and former interior minister Ahsan Iqbal. He held a meeting with PML-N leaders at Karachi Airport's lounge. 

Shehbaz advised the prime minister not to politicise the problems being faced by the people of Karachi and instead, help them. “The PM should not do politics and should work with the Sindh government,” said Shehbaz while talking to the media at the airport. He also added that the federal government should consult the provincial government over the relief operation in the port city.

He said Imran Khan should answer all those scandals which were unearthed during his government.

“Politics should not be done when Karachi is under water,” said the former Punjab chief minister. He added that the city was facing “destruction”. “Karachi should be given its right,” he said.

Shehbaz also delivered a message from Nawaz Sharif, saying the party Quaid wants the federal government to extend full cooperation to the Sindh government. “The Centre should also arrange for the appropriate financial assistance of those who had lost houses and crops due to rains and floods,” he added.

Speaking about three-time former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz said that he was undergoing medical treatment and would return to the country without delay as soon as his doctors allowed it.

It is interesting to note that Shehbaz Sharif has gone to Karachi a day after Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited the megacity and two days before Prime Minister Imran Khan is due to visit the commercial hub of the country.