Wassan hopeful of MQM rejoining Sindh government

HYDERABAD: Sindh Minister for Anti-Corruption, Jails and Mines Manzoor Hussain Wassan expressed hope that Muttahida Quomi Movement (MQM) will rejoin the government after acceptances of some demands from the government.

Since 1988, MQM remained allied with the provincial governments of different political parties including PPP, PML-N and PML (Q) and this time, it is hoped that MQM will again be the part of the government, the minister said this while talking to media persons after attending the passing out parade of the jail officials here at District Jail Nara on Saturday.

The minister claimed that MQM leadership has some demands  and as soon as the government accepted these demands, it would rejoin the  government as a coalition partner.

He expressed his regrets over the demand of MQM Chief  Altaf Hussain  regarding bifurcation of Sindh adding that Altaf Hussain called Sindh as motherland in the past and the demand of the division of the province was not understood.

He was of the view that such demand was a bid to save MQM vote bank which was being disturbed as a result of high political tides, erupted after public meetings of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Imran Khan in Karachi.

Responding to a question about creation of administrative units, the  minister said that these administrative units already existed in the province with comprehensive system at district level therefore there is no need for more administrative units in the province.

To a question, he said that PPP is supporting the government of the Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif as it fully committed to continue the democratic process in the country.

The minister was critical over the negative remarks against Bilawal Bhutto Zardari by Shaikh Rashid and maintained that the people of the country would not tolerate it.

Responding to another question, the minister informed that the provincial government has decided to establish more jails in order to accommodate the prisoners as at present 18,000 prisoners are confined in the prisons against the capacity of 11,500 prisoners.

The construction of new jails in Thatta, Mirpurkhas and Nawabshah is nearing completion while the government is also considering establishing  new jails in Karachi South and Malir, he said and added that the security of the jails has been strengthened.

The jammers have been installed in the jails of Karachi while the same system will also be set up in the jails of Hyderabad, Sukkur and Larkana, the minister informed that walk through gates will also be installed in all prisons of the province.

Replying to another question, the minister informed that a total of 250 dangerous terrorists are confined in the prisons of Sindh of them 59 are in the jails of Hyderabad. Strict directives have been issued for the security of jails and besides Jail Police, the services of Sindh Police, Rangers and Frontier Constabulary have also been acquired for the protection of jails.

Besides the security of jails, the minister informed that the government  is also introducing the jail reforms including the training of Jail Police as well as provision of sophisticated weapons and equipment.

Among others, IG Jails Nusrat Hussain Waggan, DIG Jails Hyderabad  Manzoor Alam Siddiqui and Principal Training School Shahnawaz Saanad were also present on the occasion.

Source: APP