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Sindh Death Toll & the Saeen Factor

  By Farwa Naqvi   Sindh’s saaen, our very own, chief minister Qaim Ali Shah, has a lot to answer for about his six year long tenure. Yet he remains blissfully unaccountable while the province bleeds. The situation in Sindh for the past six years has been anything but pleasant. While Karachi suffers from terrorism,...

SAMAA | - Posted: Mar 15, 2014 | Last Updated: 7 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Mar 15, 2014 | Last Updated: 7 years ago
Sindh Death Toll & the Saeen Factor

 

By Farwa Naqvi

 

Sindh’s saaen, our very own, chief minister Qaim Ali Shah, has a lot to answer for about his six year long tenure. Yet he remains blissfully unaccountable while the province bleeds. The situation in Sindh for the past six years has been anything but pleasant. While Karachi suffers from terrorism, land mafia, kidnappings, extortion and what not, the rest of the province is plagued by deaths and destruction of infrastructure by floods and famine.

 

Deaths resulting from traffic accidents in Sindh

 

2008

1066

2009

961

2010

1031

2011

927

2013

677

Deaths resulting from target killing incidents in Karachi

 

2008

267

2009

291

2010

748

2011

1700

2012

2300

2013

2700

 

Deaths in overall terrorist incidents

 

2010

996

2011

1211

2012

1553

2013

1668

2014

273 (so far)

 

Not surprisingly, Mr. Shah refuses to take responsibility for any of the above. Despite the fact that the PPP government has done absolutely nothing to exorcize the province from its demons, it has the audacity to dismiss criticism by claiming that the entire nation is facing the same challenges. Therefore the media should refrain from blaming their leadership. Qamar u Zaman Kaira warded off criticism by saying that floods are a natural disaster and the government cannot be held responsible for the destruction they caused.

‘It’s not our fault that it rained in Sindh and not in Punjab,’ he declared in Samaa TV’s new program, News Hour.

He also refused to take responsibility for the terrorism that is prevailing in the province, especially in Karachi. According to him, the federal government and rangers were supposed to tackle the issue. Even if we believe this nonsensical excuse, PPP cannot be exempted of the blame. The party ruled the country for the past five years and no action was taken to deal with the rampant terrorist attacks and target killings by the central government.

According to statistics revealed by known news anchor, Usama Ghazi, in his program News Hour, 19377 have died in Sindh in the past six years due to target killings, traffic accidents, terror attacks and natural calamities. In any other country, such incompetency would have led the CM to step down. Sadly, in Pakistan, no matter how much people suffer, the government is not even held accountable let alone dissolved. 

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