Package for interior of Sindh on the anvil, says governor

Published October 1, 2020
SINDH Governor Imran Ismail listens to a delegation in Shikarpur on Wednesday.—Dawn
SINDH Governor Imran Ismail listens to a delegation in Shikarpur on Wednesday.—Dawn

SUKKUR: Sindh Governor Imran Ismail has said that Prime Minister Imran Khan will shortly announce a package for interior of Sindh on the pattern of the package for Karachi.

He told reporters at the residence of a local leader of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf in Rohri near here on Wednesday that those who desired political change in the country should better look for it in their sleep because in reality it was impossible. The government of Imran Khan would complete five-year tenure and Senate election would be held in March, he reiterated.

He dismissed reports about imposition of governor’s rule in Sindh as rumors and said such news were deliberately spread to create chaos despite the fact that Imran Khan had never expressed desire to do so nor had it ever remained under consideration.

He said that opposition parties were busy trying to show their power on the street by taking out rallies after they lost all hope of getting an NRO but the government would never hold any talks with the opposition parties on the issue to help them hide their theft.

He said that the federal government would fully implement what it had announced for Sindh. The federal government was performing its duties in an adequate manner and it would not leave Sindh people alone, he said, adding the prime minister would soon announce a package for interior of Sindh like it did for Karachi.

The governor said that the policy of smart lockdown introduced by the prime minister was at first strongly criticised but now it was being replicated all over the world.

He said that he had arrived there on the prime minister’s directive to lay foundation stone for 43.4-kilometre-long road

being executed by National Highway Authority (NHA), an important part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The project envisaged construction of addition of two lanes to N-55 National Road (Ratodero- Shikarpur).

Earlier, the governor arrived at Insaf House on Military Road where he was warmly welcomed by PTI leaders. A delegation of Insaf Lawyers Forum (ILF) led by advocate K.B. Kubar met the governor and discussed political issues and problems of lawyers’ community, including appointment of attorney general, housing scheme for ILF members, political victimisation and role of ILF members in bar election.

Later, the governor offered condolence to Syed Ashiq Hussain Shah, elder brother of provincial minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, over the death of their mother and attended a luncheon hosted for him by former GDA leader Ghous Bux Khan Mahar on his return from Shikarpur.

He was accompanied by opposition leader in Sindh Assembly Firdous Shamim Naqvi, Haleem Adil Shaikh and others.

Published in Dawn, October 1st , 2020

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