Zardari, Bilawal to address public meeting on December 27: chief minister
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) will organise a large public gathering at Garhi Khuda Bux on December 27 on the eve of the death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto, Chief Minister and President of PPP's Sindh chapter Syed Qaim Ali Shah announced on Thursday. The meeting, he said, would be addressed, among others, by President and party's co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari.
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He was addressing a press conference after presiding over the meeting of PPP's Sindh Council here at the Chief Minister's House. He was accompanied by PPP Sindh chapter's Secretary-General Taj Haider, Rashid Rabbani, Waqar Mehdi and others. He said that the Sindh Council meeting had been called on the directives of the party's central leadership and all decisions regarding the December 27 event had been taken unanimously. Answering a question on the construction of Kalabagh dam, Qaim Ali Shah said that the issue was a dead horse, adding that it was known who was behind the decision of the Lahore High Court. He added that the project had been rejected by three provincial assemblies and a federal cabinet.
Accusing Shahbaz Sharif of endorsing the LHC decision, he said that it had become clear who wanted to build the 'killer dam' on Indus River. Urging leaders of Sindhi nationalist parties to open their eyes, the Chief Minister said that they were the same people with whom they were forging electoral alliance, adding that these were the people who were actually acting against Sindh's interests.
He said that PPP had always opposed the Kalabagh dam and led the movement against the controversial project during the Musharraf regime. He said that he could not understand why PPP was accused of supporting "this anti-Sindh project". Qaim Ali Shah said that he had come to know about the corruption in provincial departments in audit reports, adding that he had formed a three-member committee to conduct an inquiry in this regard. He also said that the Chief Minister's Inspection Team had also been asked to conduct an inquiry.