March 22, 2018

Federal govt to spend Rs30bn on infrastructural uplift in Karachi, Hyderabad: PM

13 August 2017, 07:21 | Opal Carroll

President Rouhani sent a message to the Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to congratulate him on his election

President Rouhani sent a message to the Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to congratulate him on his election

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is likely to reach Karachi on Saturday, sources said. The meeting which was briefed on security situation in the province, in general, and Karachi, in particular, reaffirmed that peace and tranquility would be maintained at all cost. "The federal government is concerned at the recent surge in street crime in Karachi, which can compromise the gains made through sustained efforts of four years".

The prime minister announced a Rs25 billion development package for Karachi and Rs5bn for Hyderabad to be provided by the federal government.

"The MQM voted for my election as prime minister not against any demand or condition", he emphasised.

Meanwhile, a delegation of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) led by Farooq Sattar called on PM Abbasi at Governor House Karachi, calling for political freedom for the party. He said in the meeting it was decided that the Rangers would keep up their task and the federal government would extend its full support to them to achieve the desired results.

The premier paid a visit to Mazar-e-Quaid along with Murad Ali Shah, Muhammad Zubair, Ahsan Iqbal and other dignitaries, laid a floral wreath at the mausoleum and offered Fateha to pay homage and respect to the father of the nation. "He has not targeted any individual or any institution".

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To a question, he reiterated that Nawaz Sharif was his prime minister.

Dr Farooq Sattar held a detailed discussion on Karachi's situation with the PM.

The PM during his interaction with the media at the airport hinted at his role to address the MQM-Pakistan's "complaints".

He said the PML-N government after evolving consensus among all the stakeholders, and due to the unmatched sacrifices of the law enforcement and security agencies has restored peace and glory of the financial hub of the country. He said in Hyderabad the federal government would fund the construction of a university, besides other development projects. In the wake of smooth transition, the Cabinet took oath and the government started functioning immediately, which was good for democracy and has renewed confidence of the business community.

The prime minister said that he was extremely happy and thankful to be among the business community in his first visit to Karachi.

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