Not answerable to PM: Murad Ali Shah

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said on Monday that he was not answerable to prime minister Imran Khan or any minister but to the Sindh assembly.

He made these remarks while addressing the inauguration ceremony of the Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Facility and Dow Institute of Life Sciences at the Ojha campus of Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) in Karachi.

“According to the Constitution, I am answerable to the Sindh Assembly and to no one else, not [even] the prime minister. The provincial assembly elected me, I answerable to them and I will answer them,” said Shah.

During today’s ceremony, the CM further stated that the letter shared by Zaidi was confidential and he will not be discussing it before the media or the public. “My letter was confidential and [I] couldn’t understand how it was leaked to the media,” he questioned.

“My answer may not be taken as negative but as a matter of fact the CM is only responsible to the provincial assembly,” Shah added.

Letters to the PM

A day earlier, it was reported that the Sindh CM and Zaidi had penned letters to Prime Minister Imran Khan after a verbal spat during a January 16 meeting of a coordination committee that overlooks development works for Karachi.

Shah, in his letter to the prime minister, complained about the “hostile and belligerent” behavior of Ali Zaidi in the meeting.

Covid vaccine

Talking about the purchasing of COVID-19 vaccine, the CM Sindh said, “being a provincial government I am not authorized to purchase anything directly from another country.”

Abdullah Zahid

Abdullah Zahid is TPD's correspondent in Karachi. He reports on Pakistani political affairs.

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