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Complete harmony between PPP, MQM: Governor Sindh

July 23, 2012


Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad. — File Photo by APP

KARACHI: Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan has said that there is complete harmony between the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and other coalition partners.

In a press briefing about his recent visit to Britain at the Governor House on Monday, he said steps are being taken for eradication of extortion and maintenance of peace in Karachi.

He further said especial attention is being paid on K-4 and S-3 projects to overcome water shortages in the metropolis.

About his UK tour, the governor said the purpose of his visit was to strengthen socio-economic and cultural relations between Pakistan and the United Kingdom, besides attracting foreign investment in power sector, water desalination, and solid waste management.

The governor said despite challenges faced by the country, the trend of foreign investment in Pakistan was a welcoming sign. He said over $2 billion investment in result of four memorandums of understanding signed in the UK will not only help in the development of the province, but it will also encourage foreign investment.

On the occasion, Federal Minister Senator Babar Khan Ghauri, Sindh Senior Minister Pir Mazharul Haq, Provincial Ministers Raza Haroon, Adil Siddiqui, Dr Saghir Ahmed, Commissioner Karachi Roshan Ali Shaikh, Administrator Karachi Muhammad Hussain Syed, Chairman KPT Ahmed Kamal Hayat, MD Water Board Misbahuddin Farid and NED Vice Chancellor Eng Abul Kalam, among others, were present.

Giving details of the MoUs, the governor said $775 million will be invested for a water supply scheme in Karachi, in which 97 million gallons potable water per day will be supplied to the city. Another agreement pertains to waste water treatment. Under this project $100 million will be invested for the treatment of 60 million gallon water per day. Under another deal, the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation will be provided a comprehensive study on waste management in the next four months.

During his visit, the governor also met MQM chief Altaf Hussain along with ministers and briefed him about his visit.

In Scotland, the governor held a meeting with Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny Mac Askill and Minister for Children and Young People Aileen Campbell. They exchanged views on human rights, laws relating to women, children and youths, legal aid, provision of justice and social services.

Later, the governor paid a visit to Church of Scotland along with provincial ministers.

During the press briefing, Minister for Ports and Shipping Senator Babar Khan Ghauri said $1 billion investment will be made under the agreements relating to KPT and Port Qasim.

While Senior Minister Pir Mazharul Haq said long lasting results will come out of the agreements made in the UK, and there will be development in energy, education, health and other fields.

Speaking on the occasion, MQM leader Raza Haroon said an attempt has been made in the UK visit to dispel negative sentiments about Pakistan, adding that British-Pakistanis have promised to make investment in Pakistan.