Media coverage of Thar deaths disturbs ‘Sleeping beauty’

KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah is reportedly disturbed by the way the deaths of children in Thar are being reported by the media.

Talking to the members of Sindh High Court Bar Association at high court on Tuesday, CM said that his government provides one bag of wheat to each family each month.

He also said that the government has been providing wheat to 1.6 million people of Thar for the past five years however, their population has increased now. Moreover, he also admitted that due to mal-nourishment, people are being affected badly.

Qaim Ali Shah, known as ‘sleeping beauty’, criticized at the Punjab where according to him, 3,000 people died from dengue fever and no one inquired the Punjab government. He also added that the provincial government was being criticized unnecessarily over the Thar issue.

According to Sindh Chief Minister, the best healthcare facilities are given to the hospital of Mithi district and also that he hospital has air-conditioned rooms and at least 24 incubators facilities that are not even available in Karachi in ‘such large numbers’.

He also promised to overcome the electricity shortage in Sindh in the coming 18 months which firms from China, Australia and England would soon launch power plants at a cost of Rs 4 million each. Moreover, it will generate 6,000 megawatts (MW) for the grid. According to CM, the government also provides licenses to foreign firms in order to generate electricity through windmills that are already contributing almost 300 MW to the national grid.

The Sindh government always faces a huge criticism due to its inappropriate governance and non serious attitude towards the serious major issues. Recently, Pakistan Tehreek -e- Insaf (PTI)’s Alamgir Khan launched a campaign names “Fix It” to fill the main holes of Karachi as well as the garbage side. The campaign was backed by whole country then. He did draw the face of CM Sindh on roads with to awake the ‘sleeping beauty’.

Earlier in Sindh, provincial government exhibited a very non serious behavior when the heatwave killed almost 1500 people and the hospitals were out of order. According to provincial health minister Jam Mehtab Dahar, “About 60 to 65% of the heatstroke victims were beggars and heroin addicts, street people.”  Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) was not available to talk however, Shoaib Ahmed Siddiquin said, “Private welfare organisations have funeral vans and they are helping the public. as far as he knows all the graveyards of the city under the KMC were providing services free of charge.” K-electrics says, “The Sindh government was issuing statements against the company to hide its own maladministration.”