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Karachi, 13 July, 2017:

SINDH CHIEF MINISTER EXTENDS RANGERS POWER FOR ANOTHER 90 DAYS

 

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has extended the special powers of Pakistan Rangers for deployment in Karachi for another 90 days. The Sindh Chief Minister has approved a summary under which the deployment of Pakistan Rangers in Karachi Division under clause (i) of Sub-Section (3) of Section 4 of Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 (XXVII of 1997) for a further period of 90 days commencing from 15.07.2017 to 12.10.2017.

Karachi, 13 July, 2017:

CHIEF MINISTER SINDH ORDERS COMPLETION OF ISLMKOT AIRPORT, FOOLPROOF SECURITY OF CHINESE WORKING ON CPEC PROJECTS

 

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed police department to provide adequate security to the Chinese working on CPEC related projects and install jammers in their vehicles when they travel from one are to another. This he said while presiding over a meeting on Chinese security working on CPEC and non-CPEC projects in the province. The meeting was attended by Consul General of China in Karachi, Home Secretary Qazi Shahid Parvez, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, Additional IG Karachi Mushtaq Maher, DIGs of Sukkur, RRF & SPU, Shams Shaikh CEO of Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company and others.

The Chief Minister said that there are over all nine CPEC projects in Sindh, of them work on seven projects is in progress where 3044 Chinese are working. These projects and their workforce, particularly Chinese is very important for the development of the country in general and Sindh in particular. They should have foolproof security as was decided at the start of the CPEC projects. Home Secretary Qazi Shahid Parvez briefing the chief minister said that seven security headquarters of each project with a 3044 well trained police force have been deployed there for the security of Chinese. He added that Pakistan Army leads their security apparatus. He added that the eighth project of NTDC Transmission line from Matirai to Lahore has been launched where 15 Chinese are engaged. “We have provided them a security force of 65 personnel,” he said. The chief minister said according to the data available with some 137 non-CEPEC projects are going on in the province where 1971 Chinese are working. “What arrangement have you made for their security, he asked the home secretary. The home secretary said that 1373 personnel have been deployed on their security.

Additional IG Karachi Mushtaq Maher said that with the approval of the Chief Minister Sindh police have raised a Special Protection Unit (SPU) to maintain an effective security response and to avert any threat to Chinese nationals working on CPEC projects. He added that the total sanctioned strength of SPU is 2662 against which 1349 are working while 1313 posts are vacant for which recruitment process was in progress. DIG RRF & SPU Amin Yousifzai said that nine projects have been expanded to 11 which include a coal-based power plant at Karachi, open pit mining power plant at Thar Block-II and Coal-based power plant Block-I, for wind power projects at Thatta District, Motorway from Ghotki to Sukkur, NTDC Transmission Lines from Matiari to Faisalabad and Matirai to Lahore and railway line from Karachi to Peshawar. Talking about the security arrangements he said that the coal-based power Plant at Port Qasim have been provided a force of 563 personnel which include 30 army men, 193 SPU, 149 Ranbgers, 17 FC, 17 policemen and 157 private guards. Similarly, Thar project of Block-II has been given security of 413 personnel while 46 personnel have been deployed on Thar power project Block-I. He added that for the security of four wind power projects in Thatta district a force of 555 personnel have been deployed. The DIG said that for 126 km long NDTC transmission line from Sukkur to Ghotki a force 1197 personnel have bene deployed. For the transmission line from Matirai to Lahore/Faisalabad a force of 76 personnel have been deployed for the security of Chinese. The 548 km railway line being laid from Karachi to Peshawar have been given a force of 75 personnel (for Sindh section). The Chief Minister on the recommendation of Sindh-Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) directed his principal secretary Sohail Rajput to coordinate with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for completing Islamkot airport on war footing. “I want the Chinese should travel by air,” he said and added that during his recent visit to Thar he had landed at Islamkot runway. The runway strip is ok but other facilities like installation of light on along the runway, installation of tower, completion of the building and developing communication system are yet to be completed for which he issued directives for CAA to complete it shortly. The chief minister said that CPEC is the life line of national economy, therefore the projects launched under it must be given ownership by each and every individual living in the province. There are some unscrupulous who are against the development are creating some problems but they would never succeed, he said.

Karachi, 05 July, 2017:

POST BUDGET CONFERENCE NEWS OF CM SINDH

Anti-Corruption body chairman to be appointed by provincial assembly, says Murad

 

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that after repealing the NAB law [the Sindh jurisdiction] the provincial government is going to restructure and strengthen the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) through legislation under which the provincial assembly, treasury members and the opposition, would be empowered to appoint its chairman. He said this while responding to the questions of the participants of the post-budget conference organized by a media group here at a local hotel today. He was accompanied by Information minister Syed Nasir Shah and senior bureaucrats of the provincial government. He said that the NAB was created by a dictator [Gen Musharraf] and he had given it a constitutional cover by including it into the 6th Schedule to avoid amendment into it. “Under 18th Constitutional Amendment the 6th schedule was omitted, therefore the NAB law could be amended,” he said and added “since the anti-corruption is the provincial subject, therefore the Sindh government using its constitutional right has repealed the NAB law [Sindh Section] and is going to enact for creation of an autonomous anti-corruption body to serve as watch and ward on public spending in the province.

Questioning the performance of NAB, the chief minister said that they [NAB] had arrested a chief engineer and a Superintendent Engineer of irrigation department for lining canals and had put them in Sukkur Jail for three months. The judge who granted them bail had written in his judgement that the irrigation officers were arrested under malafied intentions. “The DG NAB Sukkur has occupied a bungalow of Irrigation department at Barrage Colony Sukkur and latter got it forcibly allotted. Through a scheme of Irrigation Department, he has spent Rs45million of provincial government on its repair and renovation,” he said and added two more bungalows of Irrigation Department at Barrage Colony, one by Assistant Director NAB and other one by NAB judge have been occupied and got them allotted forcibly. They have also got their bungalow renovation for Rs1.5 million. One bungalow of Works department at GOR Colony Hyderabad and a vehicle of Sindh Irrigation & Drainage Authority (SIDA) is under the use of assistant director NAB and other NAB officer posted at Hyderabad. “This is what they are doing with Sindh,” he said. The chief minister also said that the harassment of Sindh government officers by NAB is one of the factors behind less utilization of development funds in Sindh. Giving constitutional history, Syed Murad Ali Shah said that the entire constitutional structure of the country is based on Indian Act of 1935. In the constitution of 1956 the measures to combat corruption was placed in the concurrent list while in the constitution of 1973 it has been made a provincial subject. In Article 248 it has been clearly said that no minister is responsible to any court of law in exercise of his powers. The chief minister said that under the NAB law, in violation of the constitution, the federal & the provincial cabinet members and the parliamentarian like civil servants have been declared as public office holders. This was done by General Musharraf with the intention to harass the politicians and parliamentarians. “Why people did not make hue and cry when the federally imposed Local Bodies Ordinance and Police Order were repealed and re-enacted by the provincial governments,” he question and said “just it is being politicized to defame the Sindh government, otherwise we have used our constitutional power,” he said. He deplored that Sindh Governor has linked repealing of NAB law as an attempt to separate Sindh from the federation. “I am quite surprised on his views. He has constitutional role and he should limit himself with that limits instead of indulging issuing irresponsible political statements,” he said. He questioned why he did not raise his voice or same question when Punjab Chief Minister had warned NAB authorities for crossing their limits. Replying to a question about National Captive Power Projects (NCPP) , the chief minister said that they have already been established in different six districts of the province with a capacity of 120 MW. They are not functional because there is a dispute of tariff between their companies and the NEPRA. “The federal government does not support Sindh because the electricity to be generated by them (NCPP) would be used locally means where they are installed. Had the power generated by NCPP was loaded in the national grid the federal government would have solved the issue much earlier. “This is why we have decided to pay the differential tariff amount which may cost over to Rs1 billion to Sindh government to reduce load-shedding in some districts,” he said and added it was purely aimed at giving relief to the people of Sindh.

BUDGET 2017-18:

Earlier, the chief minister discussing the budget 2017-18 said that it is over Rs1 trillion which is something to be pride of. “The provincial government has two sources for making budget- the federal transfer from divisible pool and the provincial resources,” he said. The federal government at the beginning of 2016-17 had committed to provide Rs593 billion and then curtailing Rs13 billion committed Rs480 billion. By the end of financial year, 2016-17 they provided only Rs440 billion which showed a shortfall of Rs54 billion. The provincial government has achieved all its targets. The SRB recovered Rs78 billion and for the current financial year it has been given a target of Rs100 billion. He said that the development budget of the province has been approved at Rs344 billion which include Rs244 billion provincial ADP and Rs30 billion District ADP. “I have given special focus to the development of the province and personally monitoring uplift works,” he said and added that the recent heavy rains developed some cracks in the roads constructed in the city are being fixed again by the same contractor fort which funds would not be paid. “Believe me we have selected good contractors and are ensuring quality worek this is why no accumulation of rain water was reported on Shahrah-e-Faisal because it has been given storm water drain on its both side,” he said. Talking about education sector he said that it has been given top priority by giving Rs202.2 billion budget with 24 percent growth. Health sector which is most important has also been given Rs100.32 billion budget which 25.2 percent more budget than last year. “We have also given special grants to leading hospitals like JPMC for caner wards, NICVD, SUIT and others,” he said. Law & Order has been allocated Rs90.586 billion which is 10 percent higher than the budget of last year. “We give a substantial security amount and compensation in case of martyrdom to Rangers also,” he said. The participants appreciated the efforts and energy of the chief minister.

Karachi, 03 July, 2017:

SINDH CHIEF MINISTER SYED MURAD ALI SHAH SUSPENDS DIG PRISON

 

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah terming the escape of two prisoners from Central Jail Karachi as most serious incident has ordered suspension of DIG prison and posting of a good police officer in his place [as DIG Prison]. He took this decision while presiding over a meeting on the security of prisons all over Sindh and to review progress of the inquiry being conducted into the incident of escaping of two prisoners from central jail Karachi. The meeting was attended by Minister Home Sohail Anwar Siyal, Minister Prison Ziaul Hassan Lanjar, Home Secretary Qazi Shahid Parvez, Adl IG CTD Sanaullah Abasi, Adl IG Karachi Mushtaq Maher, IG Prison Nusrat Mangan and other concerned officers. The chief minister said that no prisoner could escape from the prison unless he has the support of concerned jail officials. "I think this has been done in connivance with the concerned jail officials," he said and asked "how many inspections the DIG Prison has conducted of the jails before this incident took place," he asked from the Jail department and the answer was in negative. The chief minister taking its serious view ordered to place the services of DIG Prison under suspension and directed the Home Minister to spare a good police officer for posting him as new DIG Prison. The chief minister categorically told the jail department that he would not spare any one, if he is found involved in escaping two prisoners from central jail. "Let the inquiry report come I'll launch cleanup operation in all the jail," he said.

It may be noted that Adl IG CTD Sanaullah Abbasi is conducting inquiry into the incident and would shortly present his report to the chief minister. Minister for Jail Department Ziaul Hassan Lanjar told the chief minister that on June 13 two prisoners had escaped from the Central Jail. "Taking it seriously, I arrested 15 jail officials, including Jail superintendent and ordered registration of FIR into the incident," he said. He also said that through home department he ordered search operation into Central Jail in which some illegal equipments were recovered. IG Prison Nusrat Mangan said that TV sets, pedestal fans and stoves were given to inmates under jail manual only cell phones were taken inside the jail illegally. The chief minister expressed his displeasure when he learnt that the incident took place on June 13 but was reported to the jail authorities on June 14. "This is very serious. Had it been reported on the same day, the escapees could have been arrested again," he said and asked the IG Prison to brief him about the head count system in the prisoners. IG Jail Nusrat Mangan said that in the evening incharge head count (a head constable) makes head-counting of the inmates and records it in the register. On this the chief minister said "it means on June 13, the head count was recorded as complete as per its numerical strength of the inmates while the fact was contrary," he said and added " this shows the head count system is defective, inefficient and is made just as formality. Had it been efficient, the escape of prisoners would have detected in the head count," he said and asked where was the incharge head count. The IG Prison said he was behind the bars. On this the chief minister said he should be there and must be interrogated professionally. Additional IG CTD Sanaullah Abbasi who is conducting inquiry into the incident, said that the search of the jail prior to collection of evidence by IO and his team served as removal of evidence. "The search of the jail which is very good thing should have been done after collection of evidence by the concerned IO," he said. He said that both the escaped inmates belong to Karachi. The FIR registered against the crime (escape of prisoners) is defective and the IO instead of getting the physical remand of the arrested jail officials got their judicial custody which has affected interrogation process. On this the chief minister ordered the suspension of SHO and IO concerned. Chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah directed Home Secretary Qazi Shahid Parvez to conduct security audit of all the prions in the province and give him report. He also ordered him (Home Secretary) to remove those jails officials from their duties who have suspicious service record and are unreliable. "Our law enforcement agencies arrest terrorists and outlaws with great intelligence, hard work and sacrifices and they (prisoners) can not allowed to escape unpunished," he said categorically. He directed Additional IG CTD to conduct thorough inquiry from all the angels and report him. He also told the police department to make all out efforts to arrest the escaped inmates. "I want to see them ( escapees) again behind the bar," he ordered.

Karachi, 28 June, 2017:

EID MILLAN AT PEOPLE SECRETRIAT

MURAD HINTS AT LAUNCHING VIGOROUS OPERATION AGAINST STREET CRIMINALS

 

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that PPP in Karachi would emerge as one of the largest parties in election 2018 for certain reasons such as restoration of peace by eliminating mafias, removal of no go areas and developing dilapidated infrastructure in the city. This he said while addressing Eid Milan programme organized by PPP Karachi division at Peoples Secretariat today. He said that the gigantic task for PPP government was the restoration of peace by launching crackdowns against mafia, terrorists, land grabbers, extortionists and target killers. “Today, every one living in this city is leading a peaceful life in his locality and at his work place, otherwise nobody was feeling secure even at his home,” he said and added that on this EidulFitr no complaint of forced zakat or fitra collection was received. “This is our great contribution and service to the people of this city appreciate it,” he said. Syed Murad Ali Shah said that law enforcement agencies have done wonderful job in restoration of law and order but “it was political will and support of the government that’s why it became possible,” he said.

The chief minister said that his government has launched most important schemes for development of infrastructure of the city. “We are constructing Shahrah-e-Faisal after 40 years and now it looks like one of the beautiful roads in the city,” he said and added that beauty of University Road is also worth looking. “We have turned this city a peaceful and are committed to make it one of the beautiful and developed cities of the world,” he vowed. He said after launching a targeted operation against terrorists and big mafias now he was focusing on eliminating `street criminals’ for which he was receiving complaints from the citizens. “We have already launched targeted operation against street criminals but now we are going to make it more extensive and target-oriented,” he said. Murad Ali Shah said that Karachi was the city of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, it was the city of Shaheed Benazir and it was the city of PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and this city belonged to him and it belonged to PPP. “Karachi is the capital of Sindh and it is the largest city of the country, therefore it would be developed accordingly,” he said. The chief Minister said that the people of Karachi had been divided on linguistic grounds but his PPP government through its policies have united them as Pakistani, Sindhi and Karachiites. “Now everyone living here is giving ownership to this city and contributing in its peace, prosperity and development,” he said. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that he sure that people of Karachi would return PPP in forthcoming general election is one of the largest parties because it has served them genuinely. The chief minister was received by PPP provincial General Secretary Waqar Mehdi, Rashid Rabbani and a large number of party workers amid the slogans of jeay Bhutto when he reached People Secretariat. The chief minister along with party leaders, Waqar Mehdi, Rashid Rabbani and others offered fateh at the gallery of Shuda. Waqarmehdi presented him ajrak and Sindhi topi on his arrival at the party secretariat.

The chief minister taking policy decision said that focus must be given to the on-going schemes so that they could be completed in time. The new schemes which have not been started yet be held in abeyance till the finalization of on-going schemes. The chief minister directed ACS (dev) to arrange another meeting so that he could review the entire development portfolio of each and every district. "I want to see each and every city of my province developed," he said.

Karachi, 28 June, 2017:

CM DIRECTS LOCAL BODIES TO BE ACTIVE, SERVE PEOPLE

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has declaring rain emergency all over Sindh has directed district administration and local bodies to be active in their respective areas, cancel leaves/holidays of their staff members and pump out water accumulated on the roads and low-lying area on emergency basis. The chief minister said that it was the first monsoon ever since the newly elected representatives have taken over local bodies. “This is your first test and I am sure you would prove it to be effective and efficient in solving public problems, particularly during the on-going rainy season. He directed divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners to extend their allout support to the local bodies in discharging their work. “I would ask you to be with them in shoulder to shoulder in keeping their areas neat and clean and also coordinate with power companies of your respective areas to keep smooth power supply,” he said.

 

He directed Karachi administration and local bodies to be active in serving the people. “The DMCs must cleanse the small nalas of their jurisdiction and activate their concerned staff in pumping out rain water accumulated on the roads and in low-lying areas,” he said and added that he was sure that the local bodies workers would remain active on the roads. The chief minister urged K-Electric to mobilise their workers to fix tripping of their feeders, if happen anywhere, and keep smooth power supply in the city. He also hoped that the K-E would have taken necessary arrangements to avoid tripping at the pumping stations of the water board. He urged the citizen of the province to lodge their complaints, if any at his complaint cell working in the CM House on landlines, 021-9920756, 9920739 and 9920208-81 (ext 919). He urged Karachiites to enjoy the down pour and take care of their near & dear ones and “I am sure this change of weather would break the heatwave, improve overall health conditions in the city,” he said. He also directed irrigation department to cancel the holidays of their staff members and keep vigilance on the embankments of canals.