KARACHI: Counting achievements of the Sindh government in different sectors while chairing the farewell cabinet meeting, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Monday said that it was a historic day today that the provincial government was completing its five-year term.
“This is the triumph of the people of Sindh who had elected the assembly and it is the victory of the democracy for which (former prime minister) Benazir Bhutto laid her life,” he said while addressing the meeting here at the CM House.
All the provincial ministers, advisors and special assistants, Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput and other concerned officers were also present on this occasion.
He said that during his 22 months’ tenure, he worked day and night with dedication and honesty to serve the people of Sindh who had elected his party. “Our people [of Sindh] voted us to power and without any discrimination we served them to the best of our abilities,” he said.
Murad Shah said that he paid special focus on health, education, development t of infrastructure and restoration of law and order and by the grace of God “we succeeded not only in restoring law and order but promoted sectarian harmony and today our province has again turned as a cradle of peace and tranquility,” he said.
Talking about development of infrastructure, the CM said that he had equally developed rural and urban areas. “Karachi gives a most beautiful look and with the restructuring of road network, underpasses and overhead bridges the issues of smooth flow of traffic would be resolved to some extent, but the solution of traffic jam lies in construction of BRT and KCR,” he said. He added that work on the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system was in progress while the KCR was in the pipeline.
He said that road network and construction of bridges on river Indus had connected almost all the districts of the province. “We have reduced distances from one district to another,” he said.
Talking about Thar Coal project, “Now generation of electricity from Thar coal is a few months away. The mining work is at the completion stage and installation of power plant is also almost over,” he said.
Murad Ali Shah said that the concept of public private partnership (PPP) worked well in Sindh. “Under the PPP arrangement, we have constructed a bridge on River Indus, constructed Karachi-Thatta dual carriage way and various other roads and various other projects are in the pipeline,” he said.
The chief minister thanked the leadership of Pakistan Peoples’ Party for posing confidence in him and his cabinet Nisar Khuhro, Manzoor Wassan, Syed Sardar Shah and others lauded the efforts and energy of the chief minister who worked day and night to complete the projects.
Murad Shah in his concluding remarks said that he and his cabinet were returning to the people for election. “I am happy that we have done something better for the people of Sindh in the shape of good infrastructure, better health services, good education and again we would serve them to the best of our abilities,” he said.