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Restored peace stopped flight of capital, says Murad

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the flight of capital from Karachi to other countries took place when law & order was worst in the city but after restoration of peace through target operation carried out with the political will of the government not only the flight [of capital] stopped but new investment is taking place.

This he said while addressing more than 190 participants of National Security Workshop here at the CM House last evening.

The delegation was led by Rear Admiral Zain Zulfikar SI (M) Chief Instructor National Defence University (NDU) and 16 instructors were also with them. Provincial Minister Dr Sikanadar Mendhro, Jam mehtab Dahar, Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, IG Sindh AD Khwaja, Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem and provincial secretaries attended the workshop.

The chief minister in his address said that the law & Situation in the city was worst. It badly affected day-to-life, development, business activities and top of it tarnished the image of the city. “Oh yes! The businessmen were annoyed by extortionist finally decided to shift their capital/industry to other countries,” he said.

He said that now the situation is more than normal. “Every day I am holding meetings with investors. They have made queues these days. The foreigners and multi-national companies and group of companies are working to invest in the city and in its rural areas like Thar,” he said.

Syed Murad Ali Shah said that in the first phase the city was purged of criminals and then reconstruction of terrorism-stricken city has been started. “Almost everywhere development works are in progress, the face of the city has started changing along with improvement of its image,” he said.

Replying to a question, he said that the terror financing was double-facet in this city. On the one hand they used to collect Bhatta from industrialists, traders and transporters and on the other they used to forcibly collect hides and fitra from the people. “This was stopped through a vigorous targeted operation,” he said and added that this was a unique operation in which not a drop of single innocent person was shed and normal life continued along with targeted operation. “I must appreciate our police, Rangers and other law enforcement agencies who sacrificed their lives just for the sake of peace to this megalopolis city,” he said.

Syed Murad Ali Shah replying to a question said that the so0-called nationalists have been rejected by the people of the province. They believe in federation and have always voted for strengthening of the federation. “The so-called nationalists have never won even a union council seat in the election,” he said and added that they are the rejected group of people.

Talking about Natural gas, the chief minister said that the province of Sindh produces 71 percent of 1,558 billion Cubic feet of gas produced all over the country. In Power generation Sindh’s share is 28 percent of the total power generation capacity of 22,797 MW in Pakistan. As far as oil production is concerned, Sindh produces 44 percent of 24.573 million barrels of total oil produced in the country.

The chief minister said that road network has been developed in the rural areas. The provincial government has done a considerable better work in health sector. In rural areas, NICVD satellite centers have been established, in Gambat an institute of health science has been established where German doctors are operating and giving training to local doctors. Thar has become huib of business activities.

Replying to a question about census, he deplored that the federal government did not incorporate the suggestions of the provincial government. Had they included our proposal in their census process it would have been more credible. “we have conveyed our reservation to them and have also formed a technical committee to point out the discrepancies in the results.

The chief minister said that he has not developed the provice but with his work he has set a direction. Now, things are moving properly, he said and hoped Sindh would become a prosperous, developed and peaceful city of the country very soon.

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