The Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar said on Saturday that the Sindh government will resolve the financial problems of AbbasiShaheed Hospital (ASH) on a priority basis. “ASH is a big hospital and it serves a big part of the city,” Umar said while visiting the hospital with Karachi Mayor WasimAkhtar. “Their financial matters will be resolved on a priority basis and the Sindh government will help.” Doctors surrounded the minister when he reached the hospital. They were protesting the non-payment of salaries. Akhtar took credit for the announcement made by the federal minister and termed it a “big success” for the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation. “It is a big success for the KMC,” Akhtar told reporters. “COVID-19 became the excuse and AbbasiShaheed hospital is being upgraded.” The hospital works under the KMC, but the Karachi mayor said that salaries of doctors are released by the Sindh government. He claimed that the Sindh government raises salaries of doctors by 10% or 15% every year, but it doesn’t release funds to pay them salaries.