The outgoing chief minister Sindh Qaim Ali will submit his resignation on Wednesday morning.
My pleasure to announce the Pakistan People's Party's nominee for Chief Minister Sindh will be Syed Murad Ali Shah.
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) July 26, 2016
“The decision to replace an experienced and loyal party leader was very difficult but sometimes the party has to take such decisions for political and strategic purposes in interest of PPP and the province,” Bilawal said in a statement released by PPP media cell.
He said PPP would continue to seek Qaim’s guidance from his experience in the future also as he had been associated with the party for three decades.
Bilawal eulogized Qaim for standing by the party in difficult times. “Syed Qaim Ali Shah is a great asset of PPP who stood by the party through thick and thin for three generations of party leadership,” he said.
Qaim Ali Shah had called on the PPP chairman at Bilawal House today. The outgoing chief minister said that party’s decision was his own as the PPP leadership had always taken wise decisions and he would continue to serve the party.
The announcement of changing the provincial CM had long been lingering with the PPP leadership as it was difficult to remove the senior leader from CM office.
Chandio on behalf of Bilawal announces Murad Ali Shah as CM Sindh
Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister on Information Maula Bux Chandio on behalf of the chairman PPP formally announced replacement of Qaim Ali Shah with Murad Ali Shah as chief minister Sindh.
“We have to prepare for 2018 elections now and we need a courageous and enthusiast leader for this purpose. The chairman PPP took this imperative decision in consultation with the party leaders. The decision was not taken at once. The consultation had been going on for several days,” he said while addressing a press conference in People’s Secretariat.
He said Qaim was a very respected member of PPP who patiently stood by the party from Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto to Bilawal Bhutto.
“His ways are not parted with the party just post is changing. His relation will remain tied with PPP. He has served the province in different sectors. Qaim remained plausible since inception of PPP,” he said.
To a query, he said when faces were changed, policies also change, however Qaim had been following the chairman’s directions and Murad would also follow the same. Names of new Sindh cabinet members would be announced in a couple of days, he added.