Sindh distributing 27,000 plots to PPP jiyalas: PTI
18 February, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has urged Chief Election Commissioner Justice (r) Fakharuddin G Ebrahim to take notice of the alleged distribution of 27,500 plots on state land in Sindh to PPP jiyalas under what it says is the "Sindh government's plots-for-votes policy" to win loyalties of the voters in the upcoming elections.
In a letter to the CEC and other members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), PTI Secretary General Arif Alvi drew their attention towards an advertisement published in a section of the press on Sunday, February 17, which stated that 27,500 plots were being distributed to the "poorest of the poor".
"I had received this information in December that the PPP intends to distribute 50,000 plots to its jiyalas in the last month before elections and had spoken on the same issue and also released a press statement, but as there was no evidence I could not pursue the matter. But now that the same unscrupulous scheme is being advertised, it is important that your office takes immediate action," said the letter addressed by the PTI to the CEC.
Alvi stated that the entire project was political in nature and huge loans had been taken from the international financial institutions to fund it. He said the loans will have to be paid in the future and the money is being used today for "pre-poll rigging to benefit the PPP candidates".