Govt cancels APC after getting no response

KARACHI — The All Parties Conference (APC) announced by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on current turmoil in Karachi on Friday, proved another embarrassment for the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) when it could not take place after almost all the opposition parties invited did not even respond.

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Published: Sat 27 Aug 2011, 11:27 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:39 PM

After receiving no response virtually from all the parties except for coalition partners the Awami National Party (ANP), Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon late on Thursday announced the cancellation of the APC giving the lame excuse that the CM was pre-occupied and had to attend some important meetings.

The opposition parties’ leaders laughed at the last minute change of mind by the CM who himself announced the APC a few hours earlier and was not aware of his engagements.

But the fact is that PPP Sindh think-tank in a haste, not taking into consideration the mood of opposition parties especially the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf, the Jamaat-e-Islami, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F and other smaller parties, that they don’t take Sindh government seriously on any issue, advised the government to call the APC.

Former Sindh chief minister Mumtaz Bhutto termed the APC a waste of time and money saying the “present rulers are only interested in corruption, loot and plunder of nation health”.

Jamaat-e-Islami Sindh chief Asadullah Bhutto too echoed the same sentiments and described these meetings possibly another crude attempt to divert attention from the real issues, an eye wash to hoodwink people, gain time and nothing else.

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