CM directs IGP to protect life, property of minorities

KARACHI: Chief Minister of Sindh Qaim Ali Shah has directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and all DIGs at divisional headquarters to provide full protection to the minorities and their worship places without any fail. He announced free of charge housing schemes for the shelter less poor people of minorities in all districts of the province and directed the Deputy Commissioners to identify government land within their respective jurisdictions. Presiding over a meeting of minority committee on Saturday he said protection of rights of minorities and promotion of their socio economic activities was the moto of PPP.  He said establishment of Kolhi Goth at Hyderabad by Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was the foundation step towards the welfare of minorities by PPP. He assured the minorities representatives PPP government would not only protect their rights, lives and properties but also provide financial help to the poor people belonging to theircommunities. Announcing the financial assistance for medical treatment, scholarship and dowry (Jahaiz), he formed a committee, headed by Sindh Minister for Minority Affairs Gyan Chand Esrani and Special Assistant to CM Rahsid Rabbani to distribute cheques among the deserving beneficiaries without any discrimination or delay. Taking serious notice of some incidents of kidnapping, in upper Sindh, he directed the IGP for taking action against accused and recovery of the abductees.In another meeting Qaim has recommended the National Highways Authorities (NHA) to start physical work on Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway M-9 Project and Karachi-Lahore Motorway (KLM) Project during current year.He recommended NHA to complete Lyari Expressway and reconditioning of National Highway at the earliest. Presiding over a meeting about the implementation on the M-9 project for which former President Asif Ali Zardari laid the foundation stone in March 2013 he said the Sindh government was facilitating NHA in all administrative matters just to ensure better, qualitative communication service to the people of Sindh. He said the government and private land was being provided for these projects. Expressing his apprehension over the deteriorated condition of the National Highway he asked NHA for early completion of Lyari Expressway and assured the assignment on the part on Sindh government would be fulfilled and even the provincial government was ready to pay Rs 2.5 billion for the land acquisition and resettlement of the affected people. Chairman NHA Shahid Ashraf Tarar said 136 kilometers long Karachi- Hyderabad Motorway M-9 was an important project not only in the perspective to have better communication facilities to the people of both cities but was a part of KLM project to facilitate the people of the entire country. He said almost all work except mutation of 200 acres of land at district Jamshoro has been completed and hopefully physical work on this project would be started within calendar year 2014. He assured reconditioning of the existing National Highway would be carried out with quality work and hopefully by the end of this year situation would be much improved.

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