PM forms committee to address Karachi’s misery – Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan set up a high-level committee on Sunday to develop plans to address the problems faced by Karachi residents.

The committee has been asked to suggest short, medium and long-term measures to improve Karachi.

The decision was made at a meeting to review the ongoing cleaning campaign and development projects in the city, according to a booklet issued by the Office of the Prime Minister.

The committee will be headed by law minister Dr. Farogh Naseem of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), an ally of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) in the ruling coalition in the center.

Other members of the committee will be the Federal Minister of Maritime Affairs, Ali Zaidi, the Minister of Planning and Development, Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, and the General Director of the Border Works Organization (FWO), Major General Inam Haider Malik.

Other members will be appointed later.

Mr. Khan has ordered the members of the committee to present their initial recommendations on the proposed plans.

The participants of the meeting deliberated on issues such as the supply of drinking water, sewerage, cleaning and a public transport system for the city.

The prime minister expressed concern about the problems people face in Karachi and said the federal government would do everything possible to solve these problems. He said the federal government wanted the solution of these problems so that people could enjoy better facilities.

Without naming the Peoples Party of Pakistan (PPP), which has been ruling Sindh since 2008, the prime minister said Karachi had been suffering due to "bad administration and neglect" in the past.

Imran Khan made a special mention of the shortage of drinking water and the health hazards that Karachiites face. "Pakistan's future is linked to Karachi, as it is its financial center."

The general director of FWO informed the participants about the progress in the cleaning campaign. The prime minister asked to continue with the trip.

Attendees at the meeting, among others, were the Federal Minister of Information Technology, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Health, Dr. Zafar Mirza, MNA Aftab Hussain Siddiqui, Firdous Shamim Naqvi and Haleem Adil Siddiqui.

The prime minister also held a special meeting with the PTI secretary general, Aamir Mahmood Kiani, and chief organizer Saifullah Khan Niazi during the day.

Khan discussed the current political situation with the two leaders and issues related to the constitution of the party, as well as their reorganization.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Imran Khan observed that the ruling party was at an important stage in its political growth. There was also a discussion about making the PTI an "ideal political institution."

Posted in Dawn, September 9, 2019



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