Lyari operation not on ‘our orders’: Qaim



Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said the operation in Lyari had not been launched on ‘our orders’ but someone else had given the orders.

The chief minister was talking to newsmen on Wednesday after the inauguration of a 25 megawatts rental power plant of the Karachi Electric Supply Company in Haroonabad, SITE.

The chief minister said innocent people were detained under the indiscriminate action in Lyari whereas the Rangers and the police got nothing from there. Qaim said from now onwards the Rangers would always take action in Karachi in collaboration with the police, adding action would be taken against miscreants not only in Lyari but in every place.

The chief minister said any interference in ensuring the rule of law would not be tolerated and in this regard talks were in progress with the Awami National Party and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.

He said the people of Lyari had always sided with the Pakistan People’s Party and they are still workers of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. He said he would not allow arrests and undue hardships to the workers of the party and the other people of Karachi.

He said an indiscriminate operation should not be launched in any part of Karachi, especially Lyari, but action against unlawful elements should be taken through the police under the law.

Regarding incidents of arson and attacks on the Boulton Market and adjacent markets on Ashura, the chief minister said the government had constituted a relief commission with Zubair Motiwala as its head, which had so far received 1,400 applications for relief, adding full support would be extended to the affected traders and businessmen.

He said preliminary reports of the bomb blast and arson incidents on Ashura in Karachi had brought to the fore some credible evidence but nothing could be disclosed to the media till the receipt of the final report.

Meanwhile, speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the rental power plant, Qaim said uninterrupted electric supply should be ensured to industrial and commercial areas in order to maintain law and order besides achieving the economic progress.

He said absence of electricity would cripple business activities and also create economic hardships for masses related to their employment prospects. Following the efforts of the government, the chief minister said progress had been made in the energy sector and at present several foreign companies and organisations are investing in the sector.

He said Sindh had major deposits of coal basing on which projects for gas and electricity generation had been launched. He said God willing Pakistan would soon achieve self-reliance in electricity production.

Qaim said the electricity rates for people of affluent class would be increased for giving economic relief to underprivileged masses. He commended the KESC for providing electricity to industrial areas of the city without observing loadshedding there.

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He said under the leadership of President Asif Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, the government had taken several steps to overcome power shortfall in the country. In this connection, people of Karachi should also extend support to the KESC.

Also speaking at the ceremony, KESC Chief Executive Officer Tabish Gauhar said in the last 15 months the power utility had paid Rs 84 billion as dues to the Wapda, Sui Southern Company, KANUPP, and independent power plants.

He said the present Abraaj Capital-led management of the KESC had so far invested Rs 20 billion in the utility while in the coming two to three years more than Rs 122 billion would be injected into the organisation.

Meanwhile, talking to newsmen at the inauguration of a new grid station of the KESC at Memon Goth, Qaim said soon the commissionerate system would be revived in the province and in this regard allied political parties had been taken into confidence. He said this would help address problems confronting the masses related to law and order and other issues at the earliest. He said the commissioning of the new grid station would mitigate the situation of frequent power failures in the area.

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