ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Sunday appealed to the countrymen to actively participate in the campaign for collection of funds for dams by making generous donations and announced that the government would strive for the construction of Diamer Bhasha and Mohmand dams in its five-year term.
However, he made it clear that the task was possible with the active participation of the public, contributions from the expatriates and the continuation of the cash flow as the government did not have required financial resources out of its tight monetary budget allocations.
The prime minister was addressing a dams fundraising event here. President Dr. Arif Alvi, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, and Finance Minister Asad Umar were also present on the occasion.
Imran Khan highlighted the importance of the construction dams and storage of water for irrigation purposes and said unless the whole nation was galvanized for the purpose, it would be too late for the future generations.
He regretted that the past political leadership turned the burning issue as a back-burner while focusing on short-term issues for political mileage during their five-year terms.
The prime minister said the country had only two major jams when compared with China which had 84000 dams whereas India had 5000 dams.
In two and a half months period, 80 percent of the water flowed out of the country due to lack of storage capacity, he added.
The prime minister said during the 60s, the cheap power supply was achieved on hydropower units and later in 90s, under the short-term projects, the power projects were shifted on the costly imported oil.
He expressed his alarm at the water scarcity threatening the country. Pakistan, he said, could head towards acute water shortage disturbing its food security in 2025.
He said the per capita water availability had been reduced to merely 1000 cubic meter.
The prime minister said the country’s debt figures, which were Rs 6 trillion some 10 years back, had now jumped to Rs 30 trillion, while the government had to pay Rs 6 billion per day in the debt servicing.
He also especially mentioned Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar for the initiative and thanked him on behalf of the countrymen for starting the campaign of dams’ construction
The prime minister also observed that when the public and the government-owned each other, nothing could be unfeasible and referred to the 2010 floods which affected the whole country, but the entire nation contributed to the rehabilitation process, which had surprised the world.
Now the countrymen had gathered for the construction of dams, he said, adding the work on the Mohmand Dam would also commence simultaneously.
The prime minister assured that the federal government would fully support the ongoing efforts for the revival of economic activities and maintaining of the law and order in the port city of Karachi.
He said Karachi had been the financial capital of the country and regretted that in the past, its ownership was not claimed by the ruling political forces. The city of lights would now contribute to the financial and economic stability of the whole country, he added.
He also mentioned the water and waste disposal issues in Karachi as the huge challenges.The prime minister said he received a briefing on the street crimes in the port city and it appeared that the underprivileged and uneducated class were involved in the same.
He also assured addressing the issues being faced by the Afghan refugees and families migrated from Bangladesh in Karachi.
The prime minister reiterated that change could not occur unless there was a change in minds and justified the government’s move to part ways with the colonial style of governance and living.
In a short period, huge donations worth millions of rupees were made by the participants in the Prime Minister-Chief Justice Dams Fundraising campaign.
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Unregistered service stations to be sealed
PESHAWAR: DC Dr. Imran Hamid Sheikh today issued orders for the sealing of all unregistered service stations in the district.
In this connection, he also presided over a meeting here. The meeting was attended by Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Shahid Ali Khan, Assistant Commissioner (AC) Sara Rehman and representatives Water & Sanitation Services Programme (WSSP) and other officers of the district administration. The meeting was told that most of the service stations are unregistered and they are the main reasons behind declining water tables in these areas.
The meeting also reviewed in details the performance of WSSP, the Deputy Commissioner issued directives for the immediate sealing of these service stations with immediate effect and directed in future water levels in these areas should be checked at the time of the granting registration to service stations. He also directed the WSSP to not register those service stations which are not fulfilling their criteria. In this connection, he directed immediate action by all administrative officers.
Don’t make Hajj deals before Policy
ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has asked the general public to avoid depositing hajj dues in any bank or Hajj Group Organiser (HGO) directly or indirectly before the announcement of Hajj Policy 2019.
The ministry has warned strict action against the banks and HGO, who are receiving hajj dues directly or indirectly from the general public sans permission of the ministry, said a news release. The ministry said receiving hajj dues is illegal and liable to legal action as the ministry has not yet announced Hajj Policy 2019 and thus not yet allowed any bank or HGO to receive hajj applications or dues from the general public.
Hajj policy would be duly publicized on media and also placed at website www.hajjinfo.org People must not submit hajj applications or ink hajj agreement with any HGOs without permission of the ministry. The ministry has not yet authorized any HGO or bank in this regard. The ministry will not be responsible if any person deposits hajj dues in any unauthorized bank or HGOs. The person concerned will be responsible for his such deeds.
Hyderabad’s Public Sector University
HYDERABAD: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s (MQM-P) leader Faisal Sabzwari Wednesday said that Prime Minister Imran Khan would lay the foundation for the establishment of a public sector university in Hyderabad next month.
Talking to the media persons here, Sabzwari informed that a delegation of his party met the PM in Islamabad in this regard. The MQM-P’s leader criticized Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and its Sindh Government for ignoring the development of Karachi and Hyderabad during its tenure in the province. “The PPP’s Sindh government couldn’t even establish a model union council during the 11 years,” he said and contended that the existing local government system did not empower the local bodies. When the LG system was strong, Sabzwari said, the MQM carried out a range of development works in the cities in the previous decade.
“There is only corruption in Sindh and the rulers make money through the fake accounts,” he alleged. However, he clarified that despite his party’s opposition to the PPP’s provincial government, the MQM-P would never become part of any unconstitutional move to remove the provincial government. Sabzwari claimed there were politicians in the PPP who wanted to part ways with the party before July 2018, general elections and that they had still not changed their minds. The MQM-P’s leader said the elected representatives or office-bearers of his party who fail to serve the people would face action and also not be given the party tickets in the next election. The elected representatives and local leaders of MQM-P were present on the occasion.