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Pir Pagara Sibghatullah Shah Rashidi addresses a public meeting of PML-F workers in Hyderabad on Friday. – Photo by Online

HYDERABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) chief Pir Sibghatullah Shah Rashidi— Pir Pagara— said on Friday that his party supports a united Sindh and a united Pakistan, as he said, they want to see the nation and the country safe and prosperous.

Addressing a public rally, Pir Pagara said they had joined the coalition government to resolve problems of people of Sindh. However, he said, when they felt that the government was not sincere in this regard, they decided to leave the coalition setup, adding that it was the matter of principles.

This was the first speech of Pir Pagara to any political rally and so far the biggest public meeting of the PML-F against the newly established local government system in Sindh.

Criticising the incumbent government, he said the sitting rulers have failed to give any relief to people of the country.

“Corruption has reached the peak and every day four to seven billion rupees are being shifted aboard.” The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) led government has played havoc with this country, said the spiritual leader of Hurs.

He said the government has even failed to provide shelters to the flood effected people, who became homeless in floods and rain three years ago.

Rashidi said the dual local government system in Sindh is a grave conspiracy against people of the province.

“We categorically reject the controversial Sindh Peoples Local Government Act,” said the PML-F chief.

Commenting on law and order situation in Karachi, he said the rulers have failed to stop targeted killings in the city where 10 to 15 people are being gunned down every day.

Pir Pagara said they have no problems with the Urdu speaking people, or people of other provinces who have settled in Sindh. However, he added, “we want justice and honour.”

“Sindhi youth is facing immense problems for pursuing their educational goals but the rulers have no program to provide them guidance,” he said.

Rashidi said, “Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has to live in Sindh and people of Sindh have to live with the MQM.” All people of the province, irrespective of what language they speak, are Sindhis, he said, adding that a political game was being played to compel MQM for sitting on opposition benches.

The PML-F chief also criticised the controversial Kalabagh Dam during his speach.