KARACHI: A Sindh government minister yesterday termed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ‘a traitor’ for defying his constitutional duties. “Calling quarterly meetings of the Council of Common Interests (CCI) is the constitutional responsibility of a PM. After coming into power in May 2013, there should have been nine CCI meetings,” said PPP energy minister Murad Ali said.

“Only four meetings (during his ongoing term) were a gross violation (of the constitution). Since the prime minister, who is chief of the CCI, has violated the constitution, he should be charged with treason,” said Shah told the media at Chief Minister House.

Flanked by Sindh Information Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Sikander Mandhro, the Sindh minster took the swipe at the PM in Karachi a day after PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari slandered the PML-N leaders as ‘friends of terrorists’ in their stronghold Lahore in Punjab.

The opposition and the government have been locking horns for the past couple of weeks when the PPP lawmakers put on trial over terrorism and corruption in their precious rule. A Sindh accountability court last month issued arrest warrants for ex-PM Yousaf Raza Gilani and one of his cabinet ministers over graft in a trade development scheme. The same time, an anti terrorism court gave another senior PPP leader in Rangers custody for financing terrorism.

Sindh minister Shah said despite huge potential of producing electricity from wind and solar plants, the federal government imposed ban on starting its new projects. “On one hand, they had banned new solar and wind projects, while on the other they are rewarding a company named Zonergy and taking its case in Nepra,” he said and questioned why the institutions investigating corruption in Sindh had not taken notice of this irregularity.

He blamed the federal government and its secretaries for corruption in Quaid e Azam solar power project and Nandipur power plant. “The federal secretary for water and power had caused a loss of Rs 20 billion to the national exchequer because he did not approved ONM of Nandipur plant despite its completion,” he said, adding that no action was taken against him as he was working against the interests of the Sindh province.

He said that the power tariff of Nandipur plant was Rs35 per unit, however, once again the federal government would give subsidy from national exchequer to hide its corruption in it. He said that government was in talks with India and Kyrgyzstan for importing electricity from wind energy but unwilling to add the Sindh energy into national grid.

“We have completed 100 megawatt project at Nooriabad and due to non-cooperation of the federal government, we have been forced to give it to K-Electric,” he said. He also blamed PML-N for launching ‘most expensive’ projects like Metro Bus in Lahore and Rawalpindi and Nandipur project.

He said that the investigation agencies should also probe the federal government corruption in import of LNG.

“Despite having other low cost options of producing electricity, the federal government is forcing the Sindh government to go for LNG and is use Sindh gas in Punjab,” he said. He announced challenging LNG issue in court if it was not raised in next meeting of CCI.

He said, “PM Nawaz should consider Sindh part of the country and stop intervention by his brother Shahbaz Sharif in the energy affairs.” “Despite presence of coal in Sindh, why it is being imported for Punjab projects,” he asked adding that they were elected by people of the province to raise voice for their rights.

Shah threatened to halt gas supply to Punjab from Sindh if their rights were not protected. “Gas plants in Sindh are under the control of the federal government and we will ensure that we take control of it in order to ensure rights of the province,” he said. The Sindh Information said Nawaz discrimination against Sindh was not new. He (Nawaz) did the same in Benazir Bhutto-led PPP rule in 1990s.