Top court dismisses Sindh govt's petition on 18th Amendment

Top court dismisses Sindh govt's petition on 18th Amendment

Islamabad (Staff Report): The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the Sindh government’s plea regarding the 18th Constitutional Amendment.

The Sindh government had filed a plea in the Supreme Court pertaining to provincial authority in the 18th Constitutional Amendment.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar read out the decision on the plea and wrapped up the case. Reasons for the dismissal of the plea will be issued in the Supreme Court’s detailed verdict.

The 18th Constitutional Amendment was passed on April 8, 2010 and divested the president of all his executive authority and made him a ceremonial head of state.

On Tuesday, Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that the federal government will take practical steps if the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leadership failed to bring any change in Sindh.

Speaking to newsmen on his arrival in Karachi, the minister said that the funds allocated for development of the province were being plundered and laundered abroad by the Omni and Zardari group through the courtesy of sitting Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah.

Fawad Chaudhry advised the Sindh CM to immediately resign from his office, allowing the provincial assembly and all the political forces that have sincere feelings for the people of Sindh to choose a new chief minister of their choice.

The information minister claimed that some senior leaders of the PPP have contacted PTI govt to help in improving the conditions in Sindh.

Fawad said that the properties of the Omni and Zardari group are flourishing in Pakistan and abroad while the people of Sindh are being deprived of basic necessities of life including proper education, health cover, clean drinking water and development of infrastructure.

He said the incumbent Sindh rulers have turned the province into their personal colony under the cover of democracy.

The minister said that the federal government wants to give PPP opportunity to improve the situation in Sindh.

If the money given to Sindh had been utilised honestly, then the province would have been improved by now, he lamented.