Murad says subsidies given on different items were legal, as per law

Karachi, December 25, 2018 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that since 2008-9 the provincial government has been giving subsidies on different items such as tractor, electricity, wheat and sugarcane just to encourage production and consumption. This he said on Tuesday while talking to media at Mazar-e-Quaid which he visited to pay tribute to father of nation on the occasion of his birth anniversary.

To a question, the chief minister said that the JIT report has been submitted in the Supreme Court of Pakistan and added “there are some controversial disclosures into it [JIT report] which will be defended in the court of law and will also be discussed [with media].

He said that the provincial government had given subsidy to power plants to reduce load-shedding duration, gave subsidy on tractors to strengthen small farmers, gave subsidy of Rs12 on sugarcane and has been giving subsidy on wheat since long. He added that there was a prolonged load-shedding of 18 to 20 hour in the province, therefore power plants were given subsidy so that load-shedding duration could be controlled and what was wrong into it, he questioned and said “all this has been approved within the ambit of the law,” he said.

Mr Shah said that he was surprised to note that the JIT report was leaked to media much before it was submitted in the Supreme Court. “A TV anchor conducted my interview on JIT report at least five days before it was officially submitted in the court,” he said and added “to leak the JIT report was wrong and against the directives of the supreme court.” He hoped that the Supreme Court and other concerned agencies would take necessary action against the officers who leaked the JIT report.

To another question, the chief minister said that he has gone through the JIT report but there was nothing serious against him in which he could be prosecuted. “We, as a government have done each and everything as per law,” he said and giving an oblique reference of subsidies said that summaries were moved and approved as per rules [of business] and the cabinet also approved them and the assembly had enacted the law and this has been acknowledged in the [JIT] report.

Murad Ali Shah said that the JIT has also conceded that they could not complete the investigation within two months even then fingers of accusation have been raised [against the government], is quite surprising for him.

To a question about recent incident of target killing in Nazimabad, the chief minister said that it was being probed thoroughly and the culprits would be brought to book. “After the incident of Army Public School, Peshawar we had launched an intelligence based well-organized targeted operation against terrorists, target killers and extortionists in the city,” he said and added our army, Rangers, police and the intelligence agencies worked day and night and eliminated all the terrorists and their networks, otherwise every day dozens of people were killed in the target in the city, he recalled.

He said that he alongwith Sindh Governor Imran Ismail and cabinet members had visited Mazar-e-Quaid to reiterate his commitment to work for prosper Pakistan. “Today is the birth anniversary of father of nation and we are here [at Mazar] to pay him tribute and reiterate our commitment to maintain law and order, work in health and education sectors and make Pakistan, particularly Sindh a healthy, wealthy and peaceful province. Earlier, the chief minister offered laid floral wreath on the Mazar, offered fateha and recorded his impressions in the visitor’s book.

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Press Secretary,
Chief Minister House, Sindh
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