KARACHI: Jamaat-e-Islami’s (JI) former lawmakers have demanded of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah to take effective action against illegal water hydrants and tanker mafia.
In a joint statement issued here on Sunday, JI former legislators Muzaffar Hashmi, Laeeq Khan, Nasrullah Khan Shajih, Younus Barai and Hameedullah Advocate expressed their deep concern over the shortage of water supply to many areas of the city.
They said that the tanker mafia and illegal hydrants were running under the patronization of government officials, adding that those criminal elements had full support of provincial minister for local bodies.
“The artificial shortage of water is compelling the people of the city to purchase water tankers from tanker mafia at high prices, despite the fact that they are paying water and sewerage bills at regular basis”, he added.
They further alleged that the officials of water and sewerage board were involved in providing illegal connections to different factories and residential projects against hefty amount of bribe. However; elected representatives were tight their lips over the said illegal and unjustified act.
The JI ex-lawmakers said that the provincial minister for local bodies and KWSB high officials were taking mock actions against the illegal hydrants and tanker mafia, adding that no action has yet to be taken against the criminal elements who involved in running illegal business of water distribution.
They demanded of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah to take action against those criminal elements and ensure smooth supply of water to the citizens during scorching summer season.