• Sunday 18th August 2019

Mumtaz Bhutto Advocates Confederal System

the Pushtoon, Sindhi and Balochi Front, seeking maximum control of smaller provinces over their resources and looking for a new social order for the country in the light of the 1940 resolution, which formed the basis for the country, the Sindhi leader said.

Former federal minister, chief minister and governor Sindh Mumtaz Bhutto finally breaking his silence on Saturday about his Sindh National Front merger into the PML-N said that Nawaz Sharif’s persistent campaign for the ouster of present government and his seriousness about a confederal system had led him to the decision.

During an informal chat with freelance journalist Salahuddin Haider at his residence in Kara-chi, Mumtaz Bhutto spoke on a host of issues ranging from his introduction to politics and his philosophy of confederal system.

He disclosed that he was brought into politics by late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

“I was practicing in high courts as a barrister but Mr Bhutto persuaded me and my father to let me join him. I had little option but to surrender to his will,” he added.

However, he conceded that after Bhutto was hanged, he did not know what to do. For a while, he felt stranded in the mid-stream, then moved to London where he conceived the idea of a confederal system for Pakistan, the former chief minister said.

He spoke to Baloch leader Sardar Ataullah Mengal and Afzal Ban-gash and floated

the Pushtoon, Sindhi and Balochi Front, seeking maximum control of smaller provinces over their resources and looking for a new social order for the country in the light of the 1940 resolution, which formed the basis for the country, the Sindhi leader said.

When asked why he kept mum for so long, and how would his confederal concept be acceptable to a Punjab-based party, his response was prompt and unreserved.

He explained that Nawaz Sharif alone was campaigning systematically for the exit of the present government. No one else was chasing that target. Imran Khan was also in the same mood, to some extent. Although he sent his party secretary general Dr Arif Alvi to him, and himself kept telephoning him, but after a care-ful assessment he thought that Nawaz was more serious and sincere about the idea, Mumtaz Bhutto added.

In reply to a question, he said that the Zardari government had brought the country to the pit’s edge as mismanagement, corruption, economic crisis and political instability were at their zenith.

“Pakistan passport has become a virtual red rag for most immigration counters at world airports, foreign policy perceptions have failed to deliver, and expenses for president’s and prime minister’s houses have soared to Rs2 mil-lion a day,” he deplored. “That is why we want this government to go. Most of the governments don’t trust the present rulers of Pakistan, and are reluctant and unwilling to lend finances for development purposes,” he said and opined that the change of government might switch the situation for the better.


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