KARACHI: CM’s Advisor on Information Maula Bux Chandio has stated that ten military courts would commence operating in Sindh shortly. He was addressing a Press Conference following Sindh Apex Committee (SAC) meeting.
Speaking about protection of witnesses he said that more safe houses would be established. Informing that 25 cases had been referred to military courts he said that more would be sent in future.
Policing powers to Rangers, law and order situation focused on Karachi was discussed in the SAC meeting that was presided over by CM Qaim Ali Shah.
Amongst others Corps Commander Karachi Navid Mukhtar, DG Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar and Home Minister Anwar Sial attended the SAC.
Non availability of coaches restrict railcar service
HYDERABAD: Minister for Railway Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad said that non availability of coaches had restricted the railway management to launch up and down railcar service from Hyderabad to Karachi.
The tenders have been floated and whenever, sufficient coaches would be made available, the railcar would start running between the two cities, he said.
The minister assured that when the bullet train service would be initiated, a train would also be on up and down tracks between Hyderabad and Karachi to facilitate the citizens.
Keeping in view the heavy rush, he informed that the government had planned to bring 20 more passengers trains on track in different routes of the country which would not only ease the pressure, but the people would have better traveling facility.
About HCCI demand for granting separate containers in freight trains for cargo service from Hyderabad, Sheikh Rasheed announced of launching a separate freight wagon from Hyderabad Railway Station under the management of Hyderabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HCCI).
The freight wagon would be made available with submission of ten days advance payment from HCCI, the minister said and added that he awarded two freight wagons having 30 containers each to Karachi yesterday.
On demand of the Member National Assembly from Pakistan Tehreek Insaf about construction of a standard platform and wheelchair facility for disabled passengers at Hyderabad Railway Station, the minister assured that efforts would be made in this regard.
About substandard meals being provided at the platforms, Sheikh Rashid informed that the ministry was in search of qualified companies for establishment of restaurants at the platforms and soon the people would witness the availability of quality meal in these restaurants.
The minister informed that he had asked the Divisional Superintendent Railway Karachi for allocation of stalls for sale of traditional items of Sindh at platforms of Hyderabad Railway Station so that the same could be attracted to travelers with earning of profit to station.
About encroachment on railway land, Sheikh Rashid said that he had given instructions to Divisional Superintendent Railway Karachi to remove all encroachments with immediate effect.
Regarding creation of vacancies for jobless youth of Hyderabad, the minister informed that vacancies were being created by the ministry however, he made it clear that jobs would be provided to unemployed purely on merit basis and no influence or pressure would be accepted in this regard.
Earlier, the Chairman HCCI Sub-Committee on Railway Ziauddin Qureshi briefed the minister about the problems being faced by the citizens of Hyderabad particularly the business community for reservation of railway tickets.
He said that though Hyderabad Railway Station situated at the main tracks, but the citizens particularly traders and industrialists were facing inconvenience during travelling because of having no seats quota for Hyderabad.
He suggested the launching of a special train from Hyderabad to Karachi which he said would not only facilitate the citizens, but also generate revenue for railway.
He also demanded the activation of railway advisory committee with representation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry so that traders and industrialists could resolve issues with consultation of railway authorities.
He also demanded the construction of railway overhead bridge between Tando Mir Mehmood and Tando Yousuf and dislocation of parking mafia from the main gate of Hyderabad Railway Station.
Sindh Govt implementing 5 pc quota of disabled people
KARACHI: Sindh Chief Secretary Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah on Wednesday said the provincial government was fully committed for providing opportunities to the special people and a 5 percent quota reserved for them was being implemented in letter and spirit.
Addressing a ceremony organized by a non-profit organization Nowpdp and World Doctors Forum, he said that advertisements in this regard would also be published in newspapers very soon, said a statement. During the ceremony, 100 wheelchairs were distributed among the disabled persons. Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah said the provincial government was committed for providing education and training to the disabled persons so that they could lead a life with dignity. ‘I believe that their ability is more strong than their disability’, the Chief Secretary said. He said that Sindh government in collaboration with the World Doctors Forum and Nowpdp would provide more wheelchairs.
Chief Secretary also directed the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities to collect the data of people with disabilities along with Nowpdp so that government could work on providing education, skills, and employment. Replying to a question, he stated the management of Pakistan Super League (PSL) would be asked to provide tickets and special entry to spectators with disabilities in Karachi. Special Assistant to Sindh Chief Minister on Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Syed Qasim Naveed Qamar and representatives of World Doctors Forum also spoke on the occasion.
Kumb Temple Arson: PM wants swift action
KHAIRPUR: Prime Minister Imran Khan has taken to the twitter to express his displeasure apropos burning of Hindus’ sacred scriptures here.
According to details some miscreants entered Kumb Temple and set the religious books on fire. Urging the Sindh govt. to take swift and decisive action against the perpetrators, PM reminded that the act was contrary to the teachings of the Holy Quran.