Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday warned against the reversal of the 18th amendment, saying that any changes to the amendment may end up weakening the federation.
He made these remarks during his budget speech amid ruckus and sloganeering by PTI in the Sindh Assembly.
"There is talk of reversal of 18th amendment. Changes in the amendment in any form would reduce the powers of the province and this would consequently weaken the federation itself," he said.
"Eventually, trust deficit may develop between the federation and the federating units. And if God forbid this happens, it will increase the suffering of the people and provincial governments may not be in a position to respond in timely manner to mitigate distrust or disappointment," he added.
The chief minister said that in absense of devolved powers, the provinces would've looked to the federal government for instructions, guidance and resources, which he said could've resulted in "colossal damage".
He urged the Centre to "allow policies" which were adopted by countries that have been successful in their Covid-19 response so far.