Murad-Zaidi tiff intensifies

Ghani slams federal minister for misbehaving with Sindh chief minister: Says Ali Zaidi unfit for any public office 

By: News Desk      Published: 04:45 PM, 23 Jan, 2021
Murad-Zaidi tiff intensifies

The tiff between Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah intensified on Saturday as Sindh Minister for Labour Saeed Ghani called the federal minister unfit for holding any public office, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The Sindh chief minister and the federal minister an exchange of hot words at Karachi Transformation Package’s meeting on January 16 last.

According to insiders’ account of the meeting, the federal minister had asked the chief minister about the decentralization of SBCA and West Management Authority. To which the chief minister replied that this was a legal matter and was under consideration.

This infuriated Ali Zaidi who made an inappropriate gesture towards Murad.

Ali Zaidi then allegedly insulted the Sindh chief minister in front of the participants, calling him ‘incompetent’ and used other derogatory words for him.

This prompted the chief minister to complain to Prime Minister Imran Khan about the minister’s conduct in writing. In the letter send on January 17, he told the prime minister that Ali Zaidi’s attitude was so rude that even Federal Minister Asad Umar later apologized to him after the meeting was over.

He also brought this to Prime Minister Imran’s notice that Federal Minister Ali Zaidi’s attitude at every meeting was hostile towards him.

When the minister learnt about the chief minister’s letter to the prime minister, he also penned down a letter to the latter in defence.

Meanwhile, Sindh Minister for Labour Saeed Ghani on Saturday said that the kind of language Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi used against Sindh CM Syed Murad Ali Shah was the PTI’s trademark.

He wondered as to how Ali Zaidi got hold of the letter written by Sindh Chief Minister Murad to Prime Minister Imran in which he had complained to the latter about federal minister’s conduct.

Talking to newsmen, Ghani said normally Sindh chief minister did not tolerate rude behaviour, but on that day he remained tight-lipped.

The provincial minister said many ministers on that day witnessed Ali Zaidi losing his temper.