Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said on Thursday that investments in Karachi had remained high on the agenda for undertaking development activities for infrastructure and services. A hefty amount of Rs 137.3 billion had been spent over the last five years for development projects mainly for internal roads, water supply, sewerage, solid waste management, storm water drains, transport, and mass transit, he said.
The Sindh government has faced many difficulties over the last 12 years. It includes the worst law and order situation, the floods of 2010 and 2011, COVID-19, and the current floods of 2022. Despite difficulties, the government has made significant contributions to both provincial and national development.
Karachi had been ranked the sixth-most dangerous city in the world on the international crime index in 2014. It holds the 128th position now. The Chief Minister said this while addressing a 75-member delegation of the National Defense University’s Security Workshop-24, led by Brigadier Tariq Niaz.
“When law and order becomes a problem, business and all the other activities, such as economic, developmental, educational and cultural, come to a standstill.”
the CM said, adding that law and order was restored, followed by the reconstruction of the city’s infrastructure.
He said the Afghan war was also responsible for terrorism. As a result, the National Action Plan was launched, under which a targeted operation was initiated that produced the best results. He also said Sindh is a pluralistic society where people of different religions have been living together for centuries.
“Our people believe in co-existence. Therefore, not a single suicide bomber has belonged to Sindh. All were imported.”