KARACHI - Former Sindh chief minister and Pakistan Muslim League leader, Arbab Ghulam Raheem has said that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is likely to join the Muslim League.

He was talking to the media men after submitting the motion and attention notice along with Liaquat Ali Jatoi against PPP’s Kulsoom Chandio and Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon in the Sindh Assembly on Thursday. Arbab said Pir Pagara’s prediction would soon become true as Bilawal would join Pakistan Muslim League, without revealing which fraction of the party he would join.

He further said the PPP always adopted awful behaviours against their opponents.  Talking about the issue of sugarcane price in the province, he said the MQM and other opposition parties had extended their support to the demands of sugarcane farmers.

“Government will have to resolve the issue.” Opposition parties including MQM, PML-Functional and others have the same stance for the prosperity of the province, he added.

On the occasion, Liaquat Ali Jatoi alleged the Sindh government for practicing corruption in the development funds of the province. He said no development work had been witnessed yet in Sindh. The introduction of revenge in the politics had worsened the situation. There is no rule of law and the situation of law and others had gone out of control in the province. The crisis had forced the people to come on the roads. “We do not want to open the Pandora Box as doing so would trouble the opponents,” he added.

Meanwhile reacting rapidly on the statement of Arbab Ghulam Raheem, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon rejected the prophecy that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari would soon join the Pakistan Muslim League. He said Arbab was not a big Peer to make prediction and questioned the former CM Sindh to declare to which party he himself belongs. “The weather patterns do not change as frequently like Arbab Ghulam switches the political parties,” he added.

“Arbab Ghulam did all his politics with the support of dictators and the name of PPP chairman Bilawal from him does not sounds good,” he added.

PPP ASKS CENTRE TO REVIEW

POLICY ON AFGHAN REFUGEES

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Karachi Division president Abdul Qadir Patel and general secretary Najmi Alam while expressing concern on federal government’s decision for restricting all the provinces from launching crackdown on illegal immigrants especially Afghan nationals, said the decision was a reflection of government’s weak stance on national security.

They said, “It looks as if PML-Nawaz government is lacking due courage for expelling the illegal immigrants from the country who have been grossly involved in crime and terrorism.” If the government is reluctant in initiating any action, it would be better that all the illegal immigrants especially the Afghanis should be shifted to camps in Punjab.

They said the ongoing targeted operation in Sindh, on the directives of the federal government, would hardly achieve its logical end without expelling the Afghanis. Sindh government had been grossly engaged in action against the terrorists and criminals who had, in recent days, accelerated attacks on the police and other personnel of the law enforcing authorities in the metropolis.

They said the Afghan settlements, which were established during the regime of dictator Zia at Sohrab Goth, had turned into the strongholds of criminals, terrorists and drug-lords. Afghan settlements at Sohrab Goth had become the No-Go areas for a common man and even for the police.

They said the federal government should review its decision about illegal immigrants in Sindh and in case, the federal government would still find it difficult to launch crackdown against them, all the Afghanis should then be shifted to camps in Punjab.