Government’s talks with TLP a ‘mistake’, says Sindh CM Murad
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Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah said Monday that the government made a mistake by starting negotiations with the defunct Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Talking to the journalists outside an accountability court (AC) in Islamabad where he had gone in connection with the hearing of Nooriabad Power Plant reference, CM Murad said this time too, the government would strike a deal with the banned organisation in order to temporarily control the situation but added this would be a mistake on its part.
“Don’t strike a deal for temporary gains,” he urged the government.
He said he had contacted religious parties in Sindh.
Sindh chief minister said he had suggested to the federal government to ban inter-city transport in view of the surge in the coronavirus cases, but the latter did not accept that suggestion.
He said he had been told by the health department that the coronavirus cases were also increasing in Sindh. “It appears that Centre will not take any step to control the situation, leaving us on our own to deal with the pandemic,” he expressed the fear.
CM Murad said he had conveyed to his subordinates not to force any shopkeeper to keep his shop open if he wanted to close it on the call given by religious parties in reaction to clashes between police and the TLP activists in Lahore on Sunday (April 18).
“We all love holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH),” Sindh chief minister said, and called upon the federal government to take all provincial governments into confidence on its talks with the TLP.
He dispelled the impression that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had struck a deal with the ‘establishment’. “We are still facing cases. Our leader Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah is still in jail,” he reminded.
Permanent Exemption from Court Appearance
The accountability court in Islamabad sought reply from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in response to the petition filed by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, seeking permanent exemption from court appearance on account of ‘poor’ law and order situation.
Reporter: Ihtesham Kiani