The Muttahida Qaumi Movement has urged the residents of Sindh’s urban areas to brace themselves for a struggle for their rights, maintaining that the Pakistan People’s Party had discriminated against them through biased legislation in the provincial assembly.
“The PPP has been confined to Sindh after suffering a crushing defeat in the recent elections is now fighting for its survival,” Engr Nasir Jamal, the deputy convener of the MQM, said on Wednesday.
“Under such circumstances, the narrow-minded provincial leadership of the PPP with its prejudiced policy is busy creating misunderstanding and hatred among the permanent residents of Sindh.”
Jamal maintained that the local government bill passed in the Sindh Assembly on Monday clearly reflected the anti-people policy of the PPP.
“The PPP should realise that the ground realities have changed; the ratio of population in Sindh has changed altogether and the urban population has exceeded the rural. All statistics available support our claim.”
The MQM leader said if the PPP could seek the United Nations’ help in the investigation into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the urban population of Sindh was also justified in demanding a population census, fresh de-limitation of constituencies, and polls under the supervision of the UN.
“As the urban population of Sindh has been deprived of their rights following the population census carried out under the supervision of prejudiced people, the urban population should get ready to launch a struggle for its rights.”
Jamal condemned the 15 and 56 percent increase in power tariff for domestic and industrial consumers, respectively, in different cities of the country.
“The masses including traders and industrialists, were expecting that the new government would provide them with relief and basic facilities, but greatly disappointed when the water and power ministry increased the power tariff for the domestic and industrial consumers.”
He said at a time when the masses were feeling the pressure of the sky-rocketing prices of essential commodities, the government’s move to increase the power tariff was tantamount to oppressing the people.
Jamal demanded that the government should immediately withdraw the “illogical” increase in the power tariff and provide relief to the people by allowing them a subsidy in electricity charges.