Karachi operation going on as per NAP parameters: Governor

Karachi: Governor Sindh Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan has said that Karachi operation is being conducted in letter and spirit and according to the parameters of National Action Plan.

This he said while replying to the questions of participants of the inland-study tour of 46th PN and 13th correspondent staff courses, being conducted by Pakistan Navy War College at Governor House here today.

He said that the resolve, commitment and pledge are there since day one of operation and it is being executed with an aim to eliminate the last terrorist from our society.

Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad further said that up to 80 percent progress has been made in eliminating culprits involved in terrorism, extortion, kidnapping for ransom and target killing. It would continue to ensure proper law & order situation and conducive environment for business activities to flourish, he added.

Dr. Ebad said that as we all recognise that Karachi is financial hub of our country and the peace and tranquillity in Karachi is bound to ensure rapid economic growth of Pakistan, which is the prime objective of this operation.

Governor Sindh said that as we all know that prosperity and growth are linked with peace and the same is being ensured through strenuous efforts of our law enforcement agencies.

While lauding the services of law enforcement agencies, the Governor Sindh said that their sacrifices are unprecedented and unparalleled. They have shed their blood to provide security and safety to masses not only in Karachi but in other parts of Pakistan also, he added.

While responding to another question about security of development projects funded and managed by foreign donor agencies, specially in interior Sindh, Governor Sindh said that a special unit has been established in Sindh Police to ensure the same, it works in close coordination with foreign consortiums engaged in development projects throughout the province, he informed.

Replying to a question about challenges and hurdle, he faced during 13 years as Governor, Dr. Ebad said that there were many and added that he always prioritized national interest. Political, sectarian and ethnic harmony were also stern challenges, which were dead with the aim to ensure peace and tranquillity amongst various sections of the society, he explained it.

He said that power and energy sector was of special focus during past years. A viable strategy has seen to increase load-shedding exempted area of Karachi from 17% to 70% and this has in turn accelerated industrialization in Karachi.

Responding to another question Governor Sindh said that there was no master plan of Karachi till 2005. The same is now in place and all the matters are being implemented according to this master plan commenting about the role and responsibilities of the governor, Dr. Ebad said that it is of ensuring harmony and peace between people and provinces.

Admiral Amjad Khan Niazi informed the Governor Sindh that the Course is being attended by 69 officers of armed forces of Pakistan and allied forces. 51 officers are from Pakistan and 18 are from allied forces and these are in their 7th semester of 8 semester course.