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90pc survivors received Watan Cards, claims CM

THATTA: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that about 90 per cent flood-affected people have received Watan Cards and the remaining will get the cards soon.

Addressing a large gathering on the first death anniversary of PPP`s provincial minister for coordination Jalil Memon at Islampur Mohalla on Sunday, Mr Shah said that card holders would soon get the remaining amount of Rs80,000.

He said the government was considering to build houses for the displaced people affected by the catastrophic floods.

He paid tribute to the family of late Abdul Jalil Memon and said that Mr Jalil`s father late Haji Sadiq Ali Memon had persuaded Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto to contest a National Assembly seat from Thatta. Bhutto took his advice and gave a crushing defeat to his rival.

He said that Jalil Memon was a loyal activist of PPP who lost his life in a road accident. His brother MPA Sadiq Ali Memon has taken his place and has proved himself an asset for the party.

Mr Shah appointed Sadiq Ali Memon as general secretary of PPP`s Thatta chapter and said the Sindh government had provided 2,000 jobs to unemployed youths of the district.

Despite conspiracies and negative propaganda, the party had handled flood situation effectively. The credit went to PPP leadership for the positive response of donor agencies and philanthropists who sent money to Pakistan to help calamity-stricken people, he said.

Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza said that PPP leaders never bowed to dictators and never tendered apologies or opted to go abroad under agreements.

He said the PPP had acquired power with the support of people. PPP would complete its tenure and no power could dare remove it before it completed five years.

National Assembly Speaker Dr. Fehmida Mirza praised late Jalil Memon and said she was aware of conspiracies being hatched by political opponents and rivals of PPP but she was confident that the party workers would foil them.

She said the previous rulers did not strengthen dykes and id nothing to improve infrastructure. The PPP did not have a magic wand to change the situation overnight but it was aware of its responsibilities and people would soon see results.

Minister for Local Bodies Agha Siraj Durrani asked workers not to pay heed to negative propaganda and start preparing for local bodies elections.

He claimed that opponents of the PPP would suffer a miserable defeat and Jiyalas would capture all seats in Thatta.

Provincial ministers Jam Mehtab Dahar, Abdul Salam Thaheem, MPAs Sardar Abdul Rahim, Abdul Sattar Rajpar, Ghulam Mohammad Shehlani, Dr. Mohan Lal, Haji Munawar Abbasi, Sadiq Ali Memon and MNA Dr. Abdul Wahid Soomro also attended the anniversary.
Source: Dawn
Date:1/3/2011