Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah said that December 16 was a black day for Pakistan because both the secession of East Pakistan and the Army Public School (APS) attack happened on this day. CM Shah was reviewing the arrangements for the 11th death anniversary of the martyred Benazir Bhutto. Shah, on the occasion, said that he would not make comments targeted at Faisal Vawda since he was new to politics but did went on to add that Vawda needed to learn a few things about politics.He further stated that the 18th Amendment had strengthened both the provinces and the federation. “The amendment was unanimously approved by all the political parties,” Shah stated. Shah said that the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) had expressed the desire to visit Thar and he went with him. “We are working to provide facilities to the people of Thar,” Shah added. He stated that back in 2005 it took him eight hours to reach Thar from Karachi but now people could make the journey in 3 to 4 hours. While he agreed that some RO plants in Thar were dysfunctional, he put the blame on the caretaker government and said that about 80 percent of the RO plants had been made functional again. Referring to CJPs recent visit to the Thar mining project he stated that the CJP planted a sapling at the site. Shah went on to add that the judicial Water Commission (WC) was working in Sindh since the last two years and its judicial orders were being implemented. PPPleader NisarKhuhro, Sindh Assembly speaker Agha SirajDurrani, AijazJakhrani and other PPP leaders were also present on the occasion. Later, CM Shah presided over Mazar Committee meeting and reviewed the arrangements made for mega event of December 27.Published in Daily Times, December 17th2018.