CM Sindh, Saad Rafique discuss progress on KCR project

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Former govt booked opponents in false cases, says Murad

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Thursday met with Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique in Islamabad to discuss progress on ongoing KCR project, said Murtaza Wahab.

Taking to Twitter, Karachi administrator Wahab, who also holds a portfolio of Sindh govt spokesperson, said that CM Murad had a very productive discussion with Federal Minister for Railways & Aviation Khawaja Saad Rafique regarding the development of Karachi Circular Railway under the CPEC mode.

“Both the leaders emphasised the importance of KCR for addressing the transportation needs of Karachi,” he added.

Provincial minister local govt minister Syed Nasir Ali Shah was also present in the meeting.

The meeting comes after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif recently formally requested the Chinese government to include Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects.

PM Shehbaz Sharif made these remarks while addressing Islamabad metro bus service inauguration ceremony which was attended by Charge d’ Affaires of People’s Republic of China Pang Chunxue.

“I request the Chinese government to reconsider Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project and support the Government of Pakistan in the construction of the project for the benefit of people of the port city,” said PM while talking to the Chinese ambassador.

Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Thursday said that the previous government booked political opponents in false cases.

Murad Ali Shah, an accused in Nooriabad Power Project reference, was talking to media here after attending the court hearing.

He said that the next date of the case hearing has been fixed at July 07. “Who will be made accountable of these cases of political
victimization,” he asked. “It is a false case, which is loss of time and money,” he said.

Sindh chief minister commenting on the recent amendment in the NAB law, said that it has been amended as per the instructions of the high court
and supreme court.

He advised the President to follow the Parliament and not the whims of an individual. “If the President not signed the legislation, it will become a law on the 10th day,” Sindh CM said.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah is facing charges of misusing the authority in the disbursement of funds for energy-related projects in the province, according to the reference filed by NAB.

It alleged that public funds worth billions were embezzled for Nooriabad Power Company and Sindh Transmission and Dispatch Company.

Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah has been among 17 persons nominated in the graft reference.

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