KARACHI: The Sindh cabinet decided to not hold any talks with the federal government over the issue of twin islands off Karachi’s coast till the presidential ordinance was withdrawn.
At the outset of the cabinet meeting, chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, the issue of twin islands of Bundal and Buddu came under discussion.
All provincial ministers, advisers, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, Advocate General Salman Talibuddin and secretaries concerned were present.
The cabinet members, once again, called upon the federal government to withdraw the controversial ordinance promulgated to establish the Pakistan Islands Development Authority (PIDA).
The cabinet members decided that no talks on the islands would be held with the federal government until and unless the controversial ordinance was withdrawn.
The cabinet termed the ordinance an attempt to grab provincial government’s lands by trampling the rights of local fishermen.
“We will not accept the ordinance as it is against the provincial autonomy and against the interest of local people,” the cabinet members said unanimously.