PM desires to see Karachi back to ‘city of lights’, says Governor

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Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair has vowed to promote an investor-friendly climate in Karachi in fulfillment of a desire by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who wants to see the country’s biggest city returning to its old image of ‘the city of lights’ and the hub of commercial activity.
In an interview with APP the other day, the Governor outlined his vision to transform the violence-prone city and once again make it attractive for foreign and domestic investment.
“The Prime Minister has a desire to transform Karachi back to ‘the city of lights’ and conducive to investments,” the Governor said, citing PM directives, and added he would make all possible efforts to make the city an attractive destination for business activity.
Although, maintenance of law and order in provinces is the responsibility of the respective provincial governments, the Governor stated that he would coordinate with the Chief Minister and the Director Rangers to achieve this goal.
Responding to a question, the Governor stated that safety and security of common people is among the top priority of the Prime Minister, and his government is taking all measures to ensure that people enjoy all the basic amenities at their doorsteps without any discrimination.
The Governor said that since taking over in 2013, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has focused his efforts to root out terrorism from the length and breadth of the country and is pursuing an ambitious agenda to eliminate poverty and economic deprivation for the common people. “Economic prosperity will immensely contribute to achieving the goals of peace and development in the country,” he added.
To a question, Governor Zubair said that as a result of determined efforts by the Prime Minister to curb heinous crimes such as kidnapping for ransom, target killings and other terrorist activities have dropped to their lowest level as compared to what the government inherited in 2013.
He complimented DG Rangers and IG Police Sindh for their efforts to restore and maintain law and order and said that he will provide all possible help and support to eliminate crimes in the city and return its past glory.
Responding to a question, the Governor agreed that reduction in street crimes in Karachi has not achieved the desired level owing to the fact that police force lack in numbers to monitor the country’s most populous city, which is home to diverse communities.
“Karachi has the largest concentration of Afghan population in the world; there are people from all kinds of communities including Mohajirs, Baluch, Bengali, Punjabi etc,” he said and added that Karachi police force is half the Lahore police force which has less population than Karachi.—APP

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