The Sindh government has constituted a special team to reinvestigate Karsaz attack on former prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s October 18 homecoming rally that claimed some 180 lives of PPP workers.
Sindh chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said this while talking to media persons at `Memorial of Martyrs’ at Karsaz on Tuesday where he went to offer fateha and lay a floral wreath on the memorial.
He said that unfortunately investigation into the Karsaz incident of October 18, 2007 could not take place properly.
“This delay is because of the conspiracy under which the evidence of the incident was removed instantly but it doesn’t mean that the investigation cannot be made further yes I would do it again as Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto has issued me instructions for the purpose,” he said.
The chief minister said his party is the party of martyrs and “we (PPP leaders) are the custodian of the martyrs,” he said and added that the party has given compensation to the families of martyrs and those who have been left would be also compensated.
“We would not abandon them,” he said. He said that Bilawal Bhutto has launched his political struggle from October 16 rally.
The response of people of Karachi was unprecedented; therefore the struggle of the chairman would also be a historic.
Replying to a question, he said the federal government has constituted a cabinet committee on energy to which only one chief minister (Shahbaz Sharif) is always invited by ignoring the others, “This is not a fair policy all the province must be treated equally,” he said and warned the federal government not to carry out development activities in one province at the cost of others.
Syed Murad Ali Shah said he was not against the development of Punjab or any other province.
“I am a citizen of Pakistan and all the cities and province of the country are my cities and provinces, I am not against the development of any particular city [Lahore] but some people have told me that the development share of other cities of Punjab are spent only on one city – Lahore.
There must be equal treatment,” he lamented. Talking about Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad, the chief minister asked if he is the longest serving Governor then what is wrong with it? He is the representative of federal government and if they want to continue him it is their decision.
He said the meeting of Governor with Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto was a routine affair. The chairman has not invited him to join the party.
Replying to a question, it was not a new thing that the allegations were being levelled against Sindh Governor. “These allegations have also been levelled against him in the past but those [allegation] were refuted,” he said. -Business Recorder