Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday said the centre would not interfere in the workings of the Sindh government.
Addressing the floor of the House, Qureshi while assuring parliamentarians from Sindh, said the federal government would not let any harm comes in the way of provincial autonomy.
“Our MNAs from Sindh should not have any concerns,” Qureshi said.
He urged the members from Sindh not to worry and said they have always and will always respect the law. Qureshi said there is no threat to their provincial autonomy and that the federal government is not going to invoke Article 149, which grants it greater powers in a province.Politicians from Sindh reacted strongly to a statement made by Federal Law Minister Farogh Naseem on invoking the article. Qureshi said the minister had issued a statement on the matter and denied that he said the federal government planned to invoke the article. His words were twisted and distorted, he said.
Criticizing PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s remarks from the previous day, the Foreign Minister said that he did not have doubts about the young chairman’s patriotism but added that, “It is the beginning of his career and he must be careful about what he says.”