Prediction about PPP Govt unfounded, says Shehla

Discrediting the prediction about end of PPP-led government in the centre as made by certain quarters, Deputy Speaker Sindh Assembly Ms Shehla Raza has said that these were being made to no effect ever since the PPP assumed power three years back.

She was talking to reporters here Saturday evening after attending a debate competition at the Institute of Modern Sciences and Arts (IMSA), organised in connection with ‘Latif Day’.

The Deputy Speaker asserted that the PPP government had successfully completed three years in office despite many challenges, adding that such speculations were peddled whenever democratic governments come into power.

Responding to a question about the prevailing law and order situation in Karachi, Ms Shehla Raza said the government had a constitutional right to call the army, however, presently the situation did not necessitate that decision to be made.

Earlier while addressing the ceremony the Deputy Speaker expressed that Sufi saints of Sindh were an embodiment of peace, love and brotherhood and that by following their path the tendencies of extremism and terrorism could be defeated.

“The existing situation has made it all the more necessary to practically spread the message of peace and tolerance taught by the Sufi saints,” she said.

Shehla opined that only compassionate people could give birth to a peaceful society, adding that under the influence of Sufi saints Sindh was a model of such a society.

She said the land of Sindh gave birth to personalities like Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai, Sachal Sarmast and Sufi Inayat Shah, among others, who possessed charismatic and adorable traits.

“Moenjodaro represents the historic significance of the civilization of Indus which was more than 5,500 years old,” she added.

She lamented that extremist elements were destroying girls schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa while tribal culture in certain areas of the country were preventing girls from acquiring education.

“Shaheed Benazir Bhutto’s life is an epitome which shows that women are not weaker than men in any walk of life and historic personalities in Sindh like Mai Kolachi, Mai Bakhtawar and Fatima Jinnah also represent the same,” she added.

The Deputy Speaker was of the view that Islam did not segregate the world with religion and that it bestows equal rights upon men and women, adding that education for both the genders had also been emphasised upon in the religion.

Ms Shehla said Islam talks about freedom of expression and respect of human life.

She urged the students to understand the dynamics of politics and religion by researching the subjects so that they were not duped by the demagogy of the extremists.

She also invited them to consider her party’s mission by join them on the facebook.

Later, the Deputy Speakers conferred awards and certificates on the students participating in the debate competition.