Qaim defends performance of his govt

KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah said on Thursday that after the 18th amendment provinces were given more powers, adding performance of Sindh government is good.

He said after the 18th amendment Anti-Corruption Department has become active and many corrupt officers have been challaned, whose cases are pending in courts.

Addressing a press briefing after cabinet meeting at Sindh Assembly Building, he said he had some reservations on Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for its raids on provincial government departments and taking their record into custody. He said he also raised this issue with the Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali.

He said Sindh government does not want any clash with the federation or any law enforcement agency but it requires protection of its rights.

Talking about current law and order situation in Sindh, especially Karachi, he said after actions of police and rangers, peace has been restored. He said the ongoing operation in Karachi is not against any party or group. It is aimed at to eliminate terrorists and criminal elements.

Senior Minister for Information and Irrigation Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said Sindh at present is facing a big flood. He said about 750 Lakh cusecs of water are passing through Guddu and Sukkur barrages. He said there is no threat to any embankment.

He said according to reports, 46 locations are under at risk, which are being strictly monitored. He said about 4 Lakh persons were evacuated from flooded areas and given temporary residence, food and treatment facilities.

He said after the flood water passes, rehabilitation schemes will be started while some have already been under way in different parts of Sindh.

Sindh Finance Minister Murad Ali Shah while comparing the current budget with the budget of last year, he said cabinet has approved Rs142 billion for development schemes in Sindh.

Qaim Ali Shah thanked Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif for his visit to Sindh’s flood-affected areas and announcing Rs1 billion for rehabilitation efforts.

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