The prime minister directs the National Disaster Management Authority to present a report on the drainage system and Karachi After the Hit Rain.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday asked Governor Sindh Imran Ismail to coordinate between the Center and the provincial government to address problems faced by people, especially situations such as urban flooding in Karachi due to dilapidated drainage systems in the city.
During the meeting at PM House, the prime minister told the governor that the federal government would never leave the Karachi people and would make the best possible effort to reduce their suffering. Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry also present at the meeting.
According to an official press release, the governor notified the prime minister of the heavy rainy season in Sindh and the Karachi rainwater inundation due to a damaged drainage system in the country’s commercial center.
The prime minister directs the National Disaster Management Authority to present a report on the drainage and rain systems in Karachi.
Governor Ismail was told to coordinate between the Center, the Sindh government
Later, PM Khan said in a tweet: “I have asked the NDMA Chair to immediately go to Karachi and start cleaning up after it rains.”
In another tweet, Mr Khan said: “I have asked Pak’s army to also help clean up the city.”
Meanwhile, sources say Dawn that the prime minister expressed concern why the Sindh government did not announce the award of the Provincial Finance Commission (PFC). He is of the view that due to the lack of transfer of funds to the grassroots level, basic citizenship issues are not addressed in the province.
The prime minister was told that although most of the MNA and MPA from Karachi belong to the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and its ally the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, they face difficulties in resolving people’s problems because Sindh is ruled by the Pakistan People’s Party.
The source said the prime minister asked if the Center could link the announcement of the PFC award with the award of the National Finance Commission (NFC), in which the Center released funds for the province.
The prime minister also directed Fawad Chaudhry to help the people of Karachi through the Pakistan Water Resources Research Council.
Later, the governor of Sindh asked President Dr Arif Alvi to discuss the situation in Karachi after the Recent Rain.
According to press releases, they discussed solutions to problems that have emerged in Karachi after the recent Hit Rain and reviewed various proposals in this regard. The governor will submit this proposal to the prime minister.
The PM forms a committee
Prime Minister Khan formed a committee led by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to resolve the problem that was hampering the formation of the southern Punjab province.
In a meeting with members of the National Assembly (MNA) who came from southern Punjab, the prime minister said the committee would hold a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar to remove obstacles in creating a new province.
He said the steps taken by the Center for the creation of the new province were aimed at empowering the people of southern Punjab.
After the meeting, the foreign minister said in a statement the south Punjab secretariat would be formed in both Multan and Bahawalpur. The MNA notifies the prime minister of the situation regarding the functioning of the secretariat.
Foreign Minister Qureshi said that in accordance with the prime minister’s direction, he and Khusru Bakhtiar would soon hold a meeting with the chief minister of Punjab where the establishment of related offices in Multan and Bahawalpur would be discussed.
WB Country Director
World Bank Representative Director in Pakistan, Patchamuthu Illangovan, said goodbye to Prime Minister Khan.
Minister of Economic Affairs Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar was also present.
Mr Illangovan thanked the prime minister for his latest support during his stay in Pakistan and acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts towards economic stabilization, the whole process of reform and the response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The prime minister appreciates the partnership with the World Bank and hopes for the success of the next World Bank country director in the next assignment.
Then, Malik Mohammad Amir Dogar and Malik Mohammad Ehsanullah Tiwana, members of PTI’s National Assembly, met the prime minister separately and discussed matters relating to their respective laws and constituencies.
Originally published in Dawn
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