Karachi, March 18, 2019 (PPI-OT): Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that he today visited three bereaved families whose loved ones become victim in the terrorists’ attack in New Zealand. He said victim families’ were in high spirit. They are proud of their beloveds for embracing martyrdom. Addressing a news conference on Monday, he said that terrorist had no religion, adding that Islamic teachings were against terrorism of any manifestation as Islam stood for love, peace and cohesion.
The Chief Minister, who was flanked by provincial advisor on Information, Barrister Murtaza Wahab and Minister for Local Govt. Saeed Ghani, told that we must learn lesson from these incidents. He said that he was very sad on Christchurch incident as New Zealand was a peaceful country .He said, ‘ PPP always opposed terrorism and he reiterated resolve and determination of his government as well as Party leadership to implement the National Action Plan in letter and spirit as we have lost 70 thousand lives.
He said that all the network behind the recent wave of terrorism dismantled and terrorist involved in recent incidents in Karachi who belonging to MQM London had been arrested. Syed Murad Ali Shah hailed people of Sindh especially the people of Karachi for playing pivotal role in successful holding of PSL-4 matches in Karachi and said that restoration of International matches in Karachi would go along way to ensure socio-economic upliftment in the province. He congratulated civil administration, local government, sports department, KMC, Police, Rangers, law enforcement agencies and PCB for organizing successful cricket event.
Syed Murad Ali Shah said that it was a unique event where 8 back to back matches were organised. The Chief Minister Sindh said that it was a challenge for provincial government specifically in present situation when our enemy has created war like situation. With the grace of God, he said, the mega event has ended peacefully. He said that they have defeated terrorism and it was not only victory of people of Karachi but the whole country. It has opened new doors of happiness and prosperity for Karachi and sent positive image of city.
Actually, peace, joy and Pakistan has remained triumph. He said that all the departments have worked hard and not a single complaint has been received. He also acknowledged the role of media in success and promotion of PSL .He said that they have restored the old Karachi and its lost glory of city of lights. We hope, the CM Sindh, added that we would also get old and peaceful Pakistan very soon. He said that there were infrastructure issues in Karachi but we have been trying our best to address it.
He said that he has asked chairman PCB to provide opportunity for youngster of Sindh and start talent hunt program in whole province adding that he also held meetings with at least four owners of PSL teams and requested them to start talent hunt programs in Sindh. Responding to questions regarding hockey, the chief minister said that hockey is our national game and we would work with Pakistan Hockey Federation for its revival adding that Sindh government has set up AstroTurf grounds in various parts of the province to promote national game.
To a question regarding victory in under 12 football tournament in Qatar by Lyari Kids, the chief minister said that they acknowledge the victory of young kids who raised the flag of Pakistan at international level by winning under 12 tournament. He said that they were busy in mega PSL event but soon we would honour them. Regarding KIV Project, Chief Minister Sindh said that he had repeatedly requested federal government to cooperate in KIV projects to solve issue of water in Karachi.
He said that in first meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan, I have raised KIV project but a person from Karachi opposed my proposal arguing that it was expensive instead suggested desalination plant at sea shore. He said after seven months federal government has agreed to his proposal. He said that last year Rs. 285 billion were incurred on development projects, while in current financial year Rs. 85 billion have been spent due to cuts in federal transfers. He said that Rs. 120 billion shortfall in federal transfers had immensely affected the development projects of Sindh. He said that he also asked previous federal government to handover KCR project to provincial government and include it in the CPEC on the pattern of Orange Train Lahore.
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