Don’t wait for another tragedy to clear 64 rain drains, says Naeem to govt

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Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi chief Engr Hafiz Naeemur Rehman has demanded of the Sindh government to clear all the 64 blocked rain drains in Karachi ahead of another monsoon spall instead of waiting for another tragedy.

The JI leader expressed these views while addressing a press conference held at Idara Noor-e-Haq, the JI Karachi headquarters, here on Thursday.

Speaking on the occasion, he said that all the neighborhoods in Karachi turn into garbage dumpster after each rain because of the incompetence and corruption by the PPP government in Sindh.

He added that only a forensic audit of the Sindh government’s account for the past 14 years would establish how much money of the taxpayers in Sindh were plundered in the name of development. The provincial government shows over Rs5000 billion as expenditure on development in Sindh over the course of 14 years, he said, adding that despite all this heafty expenditure the province and particularly the urban region of the province was showing a miserable condition.

Currently, he said, the weather department has predicted about more rains but no movement or preparedness is seen on the part of the PPP government in Sindh.

He further said that the illegal political administrator in Karachi always makes  claims after rains that roads are clear but in fact the situation is different on the ground.

The JI leader also took up the issue of domicile and said that a large number of youth in Karachi were facing agony because at one hand the PPP government has make it compulsory for admission in the intermediate level of education and on the other a new chapter of corruption and bribery was opened at deputy commissioner offices.

He warned the government of strong resistance and agitation if the issue is not addressed and the condition of domicile for admission is not withdrawn.

Talking about the local bodies elections, he said that in the prevailing situation, the need for a local government setup has increased by several folds. All the burning issues pertinent to Karachi and Karachiites could only be addressed by an empowered local body’s setup in the city, he said.

In this backdrop, some political parties are trying their level best to get the polls postponed once again for the sake of another leaf in their political life.

 

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