Federal govt activates Tiger Force in Sindh under governor

Opposition holds symbolic provincial assembly session in protest

By: News Desk      Published: 03:45 PM, 20 May, 2020
Federal govt activates Tiger Force in Sindh under governor

The federal government on Wednesday decided to activate the newly-formed Tiger Force in Sindh, saying Governor Imran Ismail will lead the group comprising 154,000 volunteers, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Usman Dar told a press conference in Islamabad that the Tiger Force was collecting the data of jobless people and playing a role in the implementation of SOPs defined in connection with the relaxed lockdown.

The Sindh government refused to hire the services of Tiger Force, he said, amid the demand made by some PTI leaders to impose governor’s rule in the province.

Leader of Opposition in the Sindh Assembly Firdous Shamim on Tuesday had alleged that the provincial government had failed to perform duties, necessitating the demand for imposing governor’s rule.

He added that the Constitution had a provision for governor’s rule and it could not be called extra-constitutional, as he repeated his demand which he had initially made some days back.

On Wednesday, the opposition held a symbolic session of Sindh Assembly in protest against Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani’s decision to adjourn the gathering. The session was convened Tuesday on the opposition’s requisition but the speaker made his decision the very same day.

In his address, Naqvi said they tabled the requisition to save Sindh as an attempt was being to destroy the economy.

The three provinces of Pakistan was on one side and one on the other, he said, adding that they wanted to see a united Pakistan.

Nusrat Sahar Abbasi of PML-F said the people were being befooled in the name of coronavirus, as she accused the Sindh government spreading fear in Pir Jo Goth.

She was referring to the earlier reports that the number of coronavirus cases in Pir Jo Goth tehsil of Khairpur district had climbed to 285 after another 251 people were tested positive for the virus.

Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hassan said why the federal government should issue loans to traders and said the Bank of Sindh wasn’t a fiefdom of anyone else.

The remarks came as Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah had asked the federal government to launch a special programme for the traders affected by lockdown so that they could get loans.