Haleem sees Rs3bn corruption in school desks’ purchase

KARACHI: The Central Vice President Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Leader of the Opposition in Sindh Assembly, Haleem Adil Sheikh, said on Sunday that it is month of advent of Prophet of Islam Hazrat Muhammad SAW who is mercy and blessing for the all the creations of Almighty Allah, adding that Pakistani nation is celebrating “Ashra e Rahmatul-lil- Alameen” to pay reverence to the greatest leader of all times.

Life and teachings of Muhammad SAW are exemplary guiding principles which lead to success in life and hereafter, Haleem said adding that Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced to establish Rehmatul-lil-Alameen Authority while the decade will be observed with religious reverence and sanctity throughout the country in befitting manner.

Haleem announced that following major event of celebrations of 12th Rabiul Awal in Islamabad that would be addressed by PM Imran Khan, a conference of Ullema Karam, Sajjadah Nasheens of venerated shrines and custodians of different theological orders titled “Jashan Aamad e Rasool and Riyasat e Madina Conference” will be held on October 22, 2021 at Sindh Governor House.

The Prime Minster of Pakistan will address the conference that will be presided over by Governor Sindh Imran Ismael. Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Federal Minister for Religious Affairs will be special guests among others, he added.

Referring to PPP’s public gathering in Karachi on the day, Haleem suggested that Bilawal Zardari should let the people of Sindh know where in 13 years budget accumulating to Rs 8900 billion was utilized and how a massive corruption of Rs1400 billion was allowed.

Masses want to know, why 85% percent of the population living in Sindh were left to drink contaminated water and water channels, reservoirs and aquifers were being constantly degraded? of Rs 14 billion spoiled by ‘rats’ and people have to buy flour at exorbitant rates, he noted.

The economic hub of the country Karachi speaks aloud of performance of PPP, lack of sanitation, drainage and green cover coupled with messy traffic system with poor public transport took the metropolitan to higher ranks among the filthiest cities of the world, Haleem remarked.

Haleem said that corruption of Rs 3 billion was committed on the purchase of school desks. Masses want to know why a 5,000 desk was bought at Rs29,000. Haleem said what happened to the cleaning of drains in Karachi? The federation has cleaned three big drains; why the drains which were the responsibility of Sindh government have not been cleaned till today.

Haleem said: “A new corruption system is being run in Sindh headed by Bilawal and two women which I will expose soon on front of media.” Muzammil Aslam, spokesperson of the Ministry of Finance, while addressing a press conference, said that false rumors were spread yesterday. All petroleum prices are rising in the context of the global market. Petroleum levy on petrol has been reduced by 5.62% and sales tax has been reduced by 6.8%. At present, the lowest tax in the history of Pakistan is on petrol.

He said that the government had increased the petroleum prices by 20 percent against the 85 percent surge witnessed in the international market during the one year and nine percent in the last month. He said, “Petrol prices in Pakistan as compared to other regional countries are still the lowest.”

He said the economic crisis came along Corona pandemic had shaken the global economies. When Coronavirus surfaced in 2020, he said the economies around the world suddenly came to the halt and petrol prices fell to a record level of zero Dollars per barrel.

He said the Sindh government took a late decision on the issue of wheat release policy, but did not say how much wheat would be released on daily basis in Sindh due to non-release of wheat masses facing heavy rate of wheat. At present, the largest sugarcane crop in the history of Pakistan is coming down but the sugar mill owners in Sindh have not started crushing yet. He said the price of sugar has dropped by Rs 6 since last week. There are thousands of Sasta bazaars in Punjab and not a single sasta bazaar in Sindh was established by Sindh government.

He said that the biggest fuel crisis in the history of the world since 1960 is now going on. He said that PPP is drowning the fleet of two provinces of Pakistan Flour also goes from Sindh to Balochistan. “After petrol, we import edible oil,” he added.

He said petrol was subsidized in Musharraf‘s government, which led to the smuggling of petrol. The PPP government had the opportunity to set electricity prices in his tenure but did not do so, PPP took political advantage of rental power and other long-term expensive deals which has led to a power crisis in the country today.