Fresh war of words between Wasan and Mirza

A fresh and ferocious war of words has broken out between Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wasan and his predecessor Zulfikar Mirza, laying bare the internecine warfare in the Pakistan People’s Party.

Normally jovial and rather soft-spoken, Wasan accused Mirza on Wednesday of indulging in extortion and said he had evidence to prove the charge. He also named a couple of people who, according to him, acted as front-men for Mirza.

Wasan alleged that  Mirza was involved in kidnapping for ransom and that the former minister would not escape the law because an inquiry into extortion and encroachment of land in Karachi had already been ordered.

“Mirza used to receive Rs6 million as extortion money alone in Karachi’s Ghas Mandi,” Wasan alleged at a press conference at the Wasan House in Khairpur.

On his part, Mirza claimed that  Wasan had become quite resourceful in his capacity as home minister, adding that he could not understand why Wasan had so far not been able to arrest him for the crimes he was supposed to have committed.

“If I used to get Rs6 million then Wasan certainly must be receiving Rs12 million.”

He said he would launch a campaign against corrupt ministers, ensuring that they did not reach assemblies again.

On Monday,  Mirza had alleged that “Agha Siraj Durrani, Manzoor Wasan, Pir Mazharul Haq and Zahid Bhurgary” were all corrupt.

And while Mirza once described Wasan as an “uneducated fool”, the latter said he had could defeat the former in elections in his home constituency of Badin.

Siraj Durrani said he and Mirza had been friends for 40 years, but he (Mirza) should not try to become Saifur Rehman (chairman of the Ehtesab Bureau in the last PML-N government). He said if  Mirza had any proof or allegations he should go to court to prove these.

He added that  Mirza should contest election against any PPP worker and then he would find out where he stood.

Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq said,  Mirza was not active in the PPP from 1983 to 1988.

Mirza and his wife were given party tickets and he was made home minister because of his friendship with President Zardari, he added.

Speaking at a press conference at Circuit House on Wednesday, he alleged that  Mirza had set up sugar mills through corruption.

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