KARACHI: Remarkable achievements have been made for maintaining law and order by launching the targeted operation against extortionists, target killers and other criminals in the metropolis.
Sindh government in National Security Workshop organised by National Defence University at the committee room New Secretariat Building Karachi revealed on Wednesday.
Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, senior Sindh Education Minister Nisar Khuhro, Sindh Parliamentary Affairs Minister Sikandar Mehandro, Sindh Chief Secretary Saleem Sajjad Hotiyana, Additional Chief Secretary Home Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah, Additional Chief Secretary Development Arif Ahmed Khan, Inspector General Police Shahid Nadeem Baloch, Additional IG Police Karachi Shahid Hayat, MNAs, MPAs members of the civil society attended the workshop and took part in deliberations.
Addressing the participants of the workshop, Sindh CM said that security and peaceful atmosphere was very much essential for sustainable development, progress and prosperity of any nation, which was why his government gave top priority to security of each individual and organisation.
While elaborating the performance of PPP government in running financial year and past tenure he said that an outlay of Rs 185 billion has been spent on the development schemes so far.
He also claimed that 55,000 direct jobs were provided to the youths in the 1st year and 200,000 jobs within 5 years of his government.
Qaim said it was the result of continuous efforts by the PPP that the new NFC Award passed with consensus, envisaging distribution of divisible pool under multiple factor instead of population.
"Besides the recovery charges of FBR which previously was deducted up to 4 percent was got reduced 1 percent, benefiting the provinces," he said.
While talking about food security, he said that when the PPP came in power in 2008 there was acute shortage of wheat. But due to the party's refined polices in the last five-year tenure, not only did the country become self sufficient in wheat production, but achieved 40 percent additional production of rice and 60 percent of cotton, substantially increasing farm income of each individual.
Speaking about the power crises, the CM claimed that Sindh had the potential to meet the challenge and has the treasure of 185 billion tonnes of qualitative coal, powerful wind corridor and 70 percent reserves of gas.
He said that because of shortage in funds, interests of foreign investors have been invited to generate coal-based power to produce up to 150 megawatts (MW). He said that within a month mining of Thar Coal would begin to generate 325MW electricity in phase I, 600MW in II and 1200MW in phase III.
He said that investment of $3 billion was required only for the first phase project.
Talking about other PPP achievements, the CM claimed that the party's economic policies resulted in 7 to 10 percent reduction in poor, which was a good omen for maintaining peace and harmony.
He further said that the devastation caused by heavy rains and floods in 2010-2011 was another big problem as it affected around seven to nine million people, to whom Sindh government provided shelter, food, medicines for close to nine months. Besides a huge amount was also spent on rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure, he CM said.
Later, talking with media the CM said that no individual wanted to divide 'Mother Sindh'.
The minister also said that conducting local bodies' elections was the prerogative of Election Commission of Pakistan, and Sindh government was ready to provide full assistance as and when required.
"We are very much ready to conduct LB polls, but some of our friends went to the court to prevent the process," he explained, adding that the PPP always has struggled for democracy, not only by participating in the democratic process, but also by convincing others to do so.
He said that the ECP did the delimitations on natural grounds under the present law, but "our friends are demanding to do so as per Musharraf's 2001 law, which has now been abolished".
* 55,000 direct jobs were provided to the youths in the 1st year and 200,000 jobs within 5 years of his government
* In 2008 the country was facing acute shortage of wheat, but due to the PPP’s refined polices in last five-year tenure, Pakistan became self sufficient in wheat production
* Our economic policies resulted in 7 to 10 percent reduction in poor, which was a good omen for maintaining peace and harmony
* After 2010-11 floods, Sindh government provided shelter, food, medicines to 7 to 9 million people for close to nine months. Besides spending a huge amount on rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure