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Syed Nasir Hussain Shah advised the federal government ministers to focus on serving the people in distress

May 16, 2020

Karachi, May 16, 2020 (PPI-OT): Sindh Information Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah on Saturday advised the federal government ministers to focus on serving the people in distress, instead of making baseless allegations against the Sindh government. The provincial information minister said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders could not absolve themselves of their responsibilities by repeatedly criticizing the Sindh Chief Minister.

He said that the repeated statements by the PTI spokespersons in which they were trumpeting that the Chief Minister of Sindh was intimidating the people of Sindh over the pandemic of coronavirus was absurd and baseless. Shah said that at a time when the whole country was facing pandemic like the coronavirus, the federal government and its spokespersons should have followed the PPP and the Sindh government by putting their politics and passion of point scoring in quarantine.

The minister said that the entire focus of the federal government spokespersons was on defaming the Sindh government, instead of creating awareness among the people regarding the prevention against the coronavirus. He said that if the leaders of PTI, instead of wasting their energy on making noise all the time, without any reason, use their energy to save the people from getting affected from Coronavirus, then it was possible that the country might get rid of the pandemic sooner. Shah said that it was very unfortunate that so far we had failed to formulate a national policy regarding preventing people from the coronavirus pandemic.

“If the federal government had acted prudently from day one, we would have formulated a national policy today to curb the spread of the coronavirus,” the provincial Information minister said. He said that the frivolous attitude of the federal government did not suggest that the country was facing a dangerous pandemic like the coronavirus.

Shah further said that there were lot of claims from the federal government that it had provided the Sindh government a lot of medical equipment through the National Disaster Management Authority, but the fact was that not a single ventilator had been provided so far, nor a laboratory had been set up for testing Covid-19 patients.

The provincial Information minister said that at present moment, the Sindh government had more than 280 ventilators or the seriously affected patients, while it had also exported 200 more ventilators on its own, out of which 100 were about to arrive immediately. He added that there was currently a capacity of 1,200 beds for people infected with the coronavirus, which was being increased to 2,000.

Shah said that it was true that we had an objection on the name of Tiger Force, but the Sindh government through Chief Secretary Sindh had issued instructions to all the Deputy Commissioners to facilitate the people affiliated with the Tiger Force in their respective districts.

He said that the federal government and its ministers did not like the words of praise about the Sindh government by the media and the international community. Shah said that PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had said from day one that the Sindh government had to work with the federal government on every single issue. He said that although the recent decisions on lockdown had been extended till May 31, but it was incomprehensible that all these decisions had been changed so soon.

For more information, contact:
Sindh Information and Archives Department
Government of Sindh
95-Sindh Secretariat 4-B, Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-99204423, +92-21-99204401

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