Sindh government invests $1bn in Thar to secure future of people of Pakistan: Murad Ali Shah

Karachi, December 01, 2017 (PPI-OT):Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the provincial government has made an invested over $1 billion in the development of Thar. “This investment would give huge dividends to the people of Pakistan in the shape of 10,000 MW power generations in the first phase to meet the energy requirements of our domestic, industrial and commercial requirements.”

This he said while addressing a 50-member delegation of Assistant Superintendent of police (ASPs) under training at Police Academy Islamabad. The meeting was attended by Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal, IG Police AD Khwaja, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput and others.

The Chief Minister said that Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto during her tenure in 1994-95 had had decided to develop coal mining and install coal-based power plants but her efforts were shelved. However, she laid the founded of the plan which her provincial government has taken up as her mission.

He said the provincial government has invested over $1 billion in the development of Thar under which road network, airport, water supply system through RO plants have been developed. A top class Marvi Lodges for investors have also been built there. Work on Thar coal mining started in partnership with Engro Pakistan has achieved over 50 percent completion.

“Yes, had we ignored Thar, the future of Pakistan, we would have developed four Metros Bus projects in Karachi,” he said and added “We have secured the future of people of Pakistan by starting mining for power generation and Inshallah the dream of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto would come true in 2019 when power generation start,” he said.

Replying to a question, the Chief Minister said that the provincial government has established a new vesta of working relationship with national and international partners. “We have constructed important road, Hyderabad to Mirpur, Bridge on River Indus at Jhirk-Milakatiar and installed power plant on Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode,” he said and added this partnership is developed further in different sectors such as health, education, agriculture and other sectors.

Replying to another question, the Chief Minister said that the health sector has improved in Sindh tremendously. “Our JPMC, NICVD, SIUT and various other institutions have achieved an excellence services to ailing humanity,” he said and added that these health services are imparted to all the people national and foreigners. “This achievement always gives inner satisfaction,” he said and added that still he had to work a lot.

Murad Ali Shah, to another question said, the city Karachi was one of the most troubled city in the world. He added organised mafias had established their sway. Target killing, extortion, terrorism were at their peak. He went on saying the police was demoralized because the policemen who had participated in clean-up operations were killed in target. “We worked hard and improved the morale of the policemen by enhanding their salaries, tremendously increased compensation for shuhda families, launched a policy of continuing salary of policemen who lay their lives in the line of their duty.

On the profession side, Murad Ali Shah said the police were given special trainings, improved training systems at all the training institutes, made recruitment purely on merit. “Today our police are better institution and they have worked out most serious cases,” he said. He also lauded the services of Rangers and intelligence agencies for work hard to restore peace in the city.

He also said that in terms equipment, arms and ammunitions Sindh police are rich now. “They have GSM locators, they latest rifles, pistols, they have best vehicles, APCs and other gadgets,” he said. Replying to a question, the Home and Agriculture Minister said that production of cane, wheat, cotton, dates and chilies have improved considerably. “We give special attention to the development of agriculture sector,” he said. The Chief Minister told the under training ASPs that their job was a challenging. Presently, Pakistan needs smart, efficient, dutiful and honest police officers.

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