KARACHI: Despite the harsh criticism that the Sindh government has faced over its failure to deliver better infrastructure and law and order situation in the city, the provincial government has done some commendable legislative work for women, children and minorities, which was the dire need of the time. The Hindu Marriage Bill (2016), Sindh Child Marriages Restraint Act (2013) and the Domestic Violence Protection and Prevention Act (2013) are pieces of legislation that will be positively credited to the Peoples Party’s current tenure. However, while these bills will certainly leave a long-lasting impact, the balance to development and growth is likely to remain negative.
Furthermore, the party’s fate in the upcoming elections is dependent upon its work and efficiency in the current tenure, which in comparison to other provinces, particularly Punjab, has been at its worst. Following the 2013 elections and the breaking of the coalition between PPP and the MQM, law and order has drastically improved, however, power shortages, faltering business prospects, poor infrastructure and deteriorating standards in health and education sectors is least likely to render any favour to the said party for upcoming general elections. Needless to say, among all the four provincial governments, the Sindh government has been repeatedly slammed for providing the least to the public in spite of its two consecutive tenures in the same province.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 13th, 2017.