KARACHI: The newly elected Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah obtained a unanimous vote of confidence from the provincial assembly on Tuesday evening. All 92 members present in the house voted in favour of the identical resolutions presented by several members seeking vote of confidence in the new Chief Minister. Two members of PML (Q) also voted for the Syed Qaim Ali Shah.
The house passed a unanimous resolution condemning in strongest terms publication of blasphemous caricatures in a newspaper of Denmark. Earlier, Syed Qaim Ali Shah took oath of the office at an impressive ceremony held at Governor House in Karachi. The Sindh Governor Dr. Ishratul Ibad administered the oath. The ceremony was attended among others by the former Caretaker Chief Minister Abdul Qadir Halepota, Chief Justice Sindh High Court Justice Muhammad Afzal Soomro, Speaker Sindh Assembly Nisar Ahmed Khoro, members of the Provincial Assembly and officials.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) members, however, were not present during the oath taking ceremony. Talking to media after oath-taking ceremony, Syed Qaim Ali Shah said MQM would soon end its boycott. He said poverty alleviation was foremost priority of new Sindh government and a small cabinet would be formed in the beginning. He said that there was no deadlock from the PPP side.
He said price that hike and unemployment would be high on the agenda of the new Government. He said they would also give priority to tackling the law and order problem with the active cooperation of the people and all political parties.
The Chief Minister said the Provincial Government would also take steps for promotion of education and overcome the shortage of energy. He underlined the need for strengthening institutions and said all pillars of the state should perform their duties strictly within the ambit of the constitution.-SANA