Purge city of street crimes, criminals: PM


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By Staff Reporter

Says cleanliness, water projects in Karachi top priority
KARAHCI: Prime Minister Imran Khan yesterday expressed concern over the reported surge in street crime in the metropolis and called for coordinated efforts to purge the city of criminal activities. He was presiding a high-level meeting on law and order at State Guest House.

The PM, who is on a one-day visit to the city, also chaired a meeting 0to review progress on federal government-funded projects in the city.

Sindh Chief Secretary Azam Suleman Khan gave a detailed briefing on the law and order situation in the province in general and Karachi in particular, which followed a presentation by the Director General (DG) Rangers Maj Gen Muhammad Saeed on the Karachi operation.

During the meeting, PM took strong exception to the cases of abduction of children in the city. He sought coordinated action against abductors, the urgent recovery of children providing relief to grieving parents.

PM Khan was also briefed on Karachi’s water issues including progress on  K-4 water supply project.

PM said that initiating cleanliness and water projects in Karachi was his top most priority. The premier also attended a fundraising dinner for the Diamer Bhasha dam at Governor House, where he defended the dam-building drive, which was initiated by the chief justice but he has now taken over.

The PM said that the country reels under huge debt, adding that new “dams cannot be financed through budget either”, which is why “we have decided to do fundraising”.

Meanwhile, CM Shah discussed Sindh’s problems with the prime minister, and expressed his reservations against the transfer of high-level officials. “Without being informed in advance, the transfer of officials out of Sindh is not the right way,” the provincial chief minister said.

CM Shah also expressed his concerns regarding the deductions in Sindh’s financial resources, telling the PM: “Sindh is already facing financial problems. If the funds are stopped at federal level, Sindh will face further losses.” The CM claimed that “a desalination plant is the sole solution to Karachi’s water crisis” and urged “the federal government to help them in this regard”. The premier, who arrived in Karachi earlier today, was greeted at the airport by Governor Imran Ismail and CM Shah at the airport.

From there, he went straight to the Quaid’s mausoleum, where he laid a floral wreath and offered fateha at the mazar of Quaid-e-Azam, first prime Minister Khan Liaquat Ali Khan and Madr-e- Millat Fatima Jinnah. He also signed the guestbook at the mausoleum.

The PM later 0met President Arif Alvi at State Guest House along with other officials.  Governor Ismail during the meeting said that the federal government would “take into account the feedback and opinions of provincial and city governments while executing its projects.”

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