KARACHI: PPP Chair Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said Monday the government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan showed indifference to the province during the coronavirus crisis.
In an interview with The BBC, the PPP boss said that the federal government led by PTI, rather than working with provincial colleagues, was trying to “sabotage the good work done by Sindh”.
He added that the Center could not be negligent in its duties towards the province given its own interpretation of the 18th constitutional Amendment.
During the crisis, he noted, it was the responsibility of the national leadership to take ownership of various matters. He argued that it was the federal government that had to formulate policies that would be implemented at the state level but that there were defeats in the current leadership.
“When the Center wants to steal the hospital [from] under the Sindh government, nobody saw the 18th Amendment. But when there is a global epidemic of disease and this country is in a state of war, then they bring up the 18th Amendment – which is very unfair, “he underlined.
The PPP Chair said at the time that all countries needed to unite and called PM Imran’s statement as very irresponsible. “A piece of doubt in policy [PM Imran] Khan suggests that Pakistan is not free.
“Governments around the world abolished popular decisions and implemented measures that could benefit the public and maintain their health,” he said.
When referring to the inaugural telephone call to the Corona Relief Fund, Bilawal said that although the donation was for a proper purpose, the prime minister needed to understand that donations were not the solution for everything.
He regretted that no matter which global organization praised the work of the Sindh government, the federal government always harbored some sort of criticism.
Bilawal said the chairman and speaker of the Senate had to decide whether a virtual or direct session of the National Assembly could be called upon to discuss relevant national issues and relevant laws.
Earlier today, News has reported sources citing that the federal government has contacted several political parties for key changes in the National Finance Commission Award (NFC) and the 18th Amendment.
Several political parties have assured support to the Center for change, sources have informed the publication.
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