Prime Minister announces development package worth billions for Karachi

July 10, 2014

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that we will not rest till Karachi’s status is restored to the “city of lights” as Karachi is the heart and economic hub of Pakistan. He said this while chairing a meeting on development projects held at Governor House Karachi today.

Prime Minister announced Rapid Bus Transport System to be called “Green Line” in Karachi that will be fully funded by the Federal Government. Prime Minister further announced release of Rs. 55 billion for acquisition of land for Karachi – Lahoremotorway and early completion of Gaddani Power Park and Two power projects at Port Qasim.

“I know that expansion of Karachi has resulted in acute water shortage and we will resolve this issue on priority basis”, said the Prime Minister and announced approval of greater water supply scheme for Karachi wherein water will be supplied from Keenjhar Lake.  Prime Minister said that Federal Government will bear 50 %  (Rs. 6.5 billion) of the total cost of this project.

In another meeting chaired by the Prime Minister on Law & Order, Chief Secretary Sind and DG Rangers gave detailed briefing to the Prime Minister about overall law and order situation in Karachi. The Chief Secretary informed that the targeted operation is going on in the right direction as targeted killings have decreased. Moreover, Chief Secretary apprised that 10,000 Policemen have already been recruited and training will be provided to them. Prime Minister advised that a joint plan should be devised by Sind Government, Federal Interior Ministry and Armed forces for training of these new Police recruits so that they can effectively counter the menace of terrorism.  Corps Commander Karachi assured that Pakistan Army will provide full support and cooperation to Sind Police with regards to human resources and technical assistance.

Prime Minister appreciated the efforts of Sind Government, Police, Rangers, Army and Intelligence Agencies for conducting a coordinated targeted operation in Karachi.

Prime Minister said that we all have to work on war-footing basis to get rid of the menace of terrorism and in this regard the Federal Government will provide all possible help.

Prime Minister also held a consultative meeting with prominent businessmen, civil society representatives and media persons. Prime Minister said that government is doing its best to restore peace in Karachi, but it is the collective responsibility of all segments of society to restore Karachi to its past glory.  Prime Minister invited practicable suggestions from the participants regarding improving the overall situation of Karachi. 

Earlier, upon arrival at Karachi, Prime Minister visited the residence of Late Mir Khair Bux Marri and offered condolences to the deceased’s family