KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, has said that the ongoing `targeted operation’ against terrorist, target killers, extortionists and kidnappers would be followed by an effective strategy of the Government against the law breakers to maintain the peace and tranquility in the city on permanent basis.
He was talking to a delegation of MPAs of the Punjab Assembly who called on him at Chief Minister House here on Saturday.
Qaim Ali Shah stated that Karachi is the hub of business activities and is considered as the backbone of Sindh’s and Pakistan’s economy.
He said that “We are very much serious to convert it into a peaceful and economically viable city.”
The leader of visiting delegation Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Sardar Sher Ali Ghorchani and his other colleagues appreciated the efforts and timely action of the Sindh Government against the criminals and bringing normalcy and improvements in law and order situation on a permanent basis in the Karachi.
Sindh Chief Minister said that this `targeted operation’ was launched in Karachi after taking all stakeholders and all political parties in Karachi into confidence to face the situation on an immediate basis.
He said that targeted operation has been initiated without any discrimination and that the Rangers and Sindh Police have been given a free hand to take action against the criminals.
Qaim Ali Shah directed not to spare any person even if he belongs to the ruling party if he is involved in crimes.
He said that neither we (Government) want to interfere nor to pull back the forces who are actively engaged in the noble cause of maintaining law and order and protecting the lives and property of the innocent people and business as well.
Sindh Chief Minister said that due to the impartial policy, good and encouraging result has been achieved by this targeted operation but in addition to this we are preparing a strategy under which Sindh Police is being strengthened through effective training, provision of weapons and latest arms and ammunition, mobility, equipment, incentives, legal protection and creation of new wings of Special Force to combat the criminals at any time on a permanent basis.
The MPAs of the Punjab Assembly who are on a visit to Sindh under the auspices of the Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT), said that the Federal Government would extend its full support to the Sindh Government in maintenance of peace in Karachi.
The Chief Minister informed the delegation that the Sindh Government has completed various mega development projects in Karachi in the past and is also planning more major projects for the future to facilitate the people of Karachi.
He said a big project- launching of Karachi Circular Railway with an estimated cost of $ 2.5 billion was in pipeline.
Qaim Ali Shah said that another project of plying 200 buses to provide better transportation facilities to the people of Karachi was about to be implemented.
He informed the visiting delegates about the educational and health services being provided to the people of Sindh by the provincial government.
Chief Minister said that in the Health sector “We have Health services network from BHU, RHU, taluka hospitals district hospitals and those belonging to the medical and health universities in the Province.”
He said that though we have achieved considerable improvement in Education Sector and are increasing the literacy rate however still there is room for improvement in this sector.
The Chief Minister said that Sindh possesses a rich historical background and cultural heritage.
He invited the members of the Punjab Assembly for a visit to the rural areas of Sindh.
The leader of the delegation Deputy Speaker Sardar Sher Ali Ghorchani and other MPAs of Punjab Assembly exchanged views with the Sindh Chief Minister and the MPAs of Sindh Assembly on issues of mutual interest.
They were of the view that such exchanges of visit would not only foster an understanding but also remove all past misunderstanding in between the two provinces.
They said that this is high time to undertake each issue of national importance with mutual understanding to make the country and the nation stronger.
The MPAs delegation also briefed the Sindh Chief Minister about the Metro Bus project launched by Punjab Government in Lahore and other achievements to its credit.
Later, the leader of the delegation Sardar Sher Ali Ghorchani presented a memorial shield to the Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah whereas the Chief Minister Sindh reciprocated by giving away traditional gifts of Sindhi caps and Ajrak.
He also presented a memorial shield to the leader of the delegation.
Story first published: 14th September 2013