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Delegation of Asian Development Bank meets Sindh Chief Minister at CM House 


KARACHI (March 13): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah held an important meeting with the delegation of Asian development Bank (ADB) led by its country director Mr Werner E. Liepach and discussed enhancement of Public Private Partnership (PPP) and different projects.
The ADB delegation include Country Director Mr Werner E. Liepach, Decputy Country Director Mr Sunil Mitra, head of Portfolio Ms Donneth Walton, Head of Urban Unit Shaukat shafi while the chief minister was assisted by chief secretary Rizwan Memon, Chairman P&D M. Waseem, secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi and PD Karachi Package Niaz Soomro.
The infrastructure and social services needs of Sindh exceed the provincial public services available. The conventional public procurement faces cost and time overruns and difficulties funding maintenance cost. He added that in order to overcome the problem his government with the support of ADB launched PPP mode of procurement for private sector participation to undertake investment in public sector projects.
To address the significant infrastructure requirements in an efficient, cost effective manner and to enable further private partnership in delivering infrastructure services, the Sindh government has requested the assistance of ADB to expand and improve PPP in province. Under the project, ADB would support the Simndh government to develop a more financially sustainable and fiscally responsible PPP project portfolio.
The project is estimated at $184.23 million where ADB, DFID (UK) and Sindh would share at a rate of 52 percent, 12.62 percent and 34.42 percent respectively.
The chief minister and the ADB country director also discussed $197.85 million Sindh Provincial Road Improvement Project under which six road of 328 km would be rehabilitated. The raods are Thull-Kandhkot 44 km of Rs2,065.25 m, Sheranpur to Ratodero, 36 km of Rs1450 m, Khyber to sanghar via Tando Adam, 64 km of Rs2,802.09 million, Sanghar to Mirpurkhas via Sindhri, 63 km at a cost of Rs2,485.35 m, Tando Mohammad khan to Badin, 67 km of Rs3,397.83 million, and Digri to Naukot, 54 kms of Rs3,358.28 million. On these projects work has been started.
The Chief Minister also urged the ADB country chief to finance and support in red Line BRT project starting from manghopir to Numaish on which he agreed. A committee was constituted to shape up the financial and technical support. The ADB country director said that funds have already been approved only formalities are to be completed.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah presiding over another meeting on Green Line BRT project at New Sindh Secretariat said that there was a dire need to make a comprehensive arrangement of parking, intersection and mobility of public at Numaish where all the BRT buses would stop and interchange.
The meeting was attended by Transport Minister Nasir Shah, Chief secretary Rizwan Memon, PD/Principal Secretary to Governor Sualeh Farooqi, Secretary Transport Taha Farooqui, Chief Financial officer of the project Zubair Channa, and other concerned officers.
The chief minister was told that the project starts from Power House Surjani Town and ends at Gurru mandir. The length comes to 18.4 km and then it was revised to extend it upto Municipal Park. The cost of the project is Rs24,604.06 million.
The environmental impact assessment report has been approved by SEPA. After completion of the project, Karachi will have its first-ever mass transit being reliable, affordable, high speed mass transit system that would provide timely and conveniently service to the commuters, thereby 400,000 passengers with heighest full day boarding at one station of 50,000 passengers.
The chief minister was also briefed by Mr Sauleh farooqui that progress of the project. He said that elevation section from nazimabad Chowarngi to Guru Mandir, from Nagan Chowrangi to Nazimabad Chowrangi, construction of board office intersection, construction of water trunk from Nagan Chowarnagi to Sakhi Hassan and relocation of pumping station near KDA cvhowrangi and such other works in were in progress.
The chief minister expressed his satisfaction on the progress of the work and urged the PD to gear it up further.


Source : CM House Sindh

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Nawaz Sharif looted peoples’ money- Shaukat Basra

Nawaz Sharif looted peoples’ money- Shaukat Basra

Islamabad, 30 November 2016: Pakistan Peoples Party leader and former Provincial Minister Shaukat Basra said that Sharif family claims loss in its businesses but have amassed wealth by loot and plunder of national exchequer.

In a statement issued by PPP media office Islamabad, Shaukat Basra said that on one hand PML-N leaders specially Abid Sher Ali and Rana Sanaullah are bad mouthing and using foul language against PPP leadership and on the other Indian Prime Minister is trying to protect Nawaz Sharif by escalating tension at the borders but the days of Nawaz government are numbered. Abid Sher Ali wants PPP to target Maryam Nawaz but PPP will show decency and restraint.

He said that Nawaz Sharif is unscrupulous individual who was provided funds by Osama Bin Laden and secret agencies of the state. Now he claims that Qatari prince has given him money. Basra said that Qazi family of London has exposed Nawaz Sharif’s corruption in 1990s but Nawaz Sharif succeeded in dodging courts of law by the help of ill gotten money and avoided accountability.

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UNTOUCHABILITY UNACCEPTABLE IN PAKISTAN: PPP pledges to raise Hindu Reporter Sahib Oad issue in NA


Karachi. 2.7.2016: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MNAs Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakharani , Imran Zafar Laghari  and Shazia Marri have condemned reported discrimination against a Hindu/Dalit journalist Sahib Oad in a Nawaz government-run news agency in Karachi where he was forced to keep separate his drinking and eating utensil in the office.
In a statement issued from PPP Media Cell, Sindh, the PPP MNAs termed this incident as an open form of untouchability and violation of two-nation theory and the Constitution of Pakistan which profess equality.
“There is no room for any untouchability or discrimination of any form and manifestation in Pakistan and anyone attempting to practice such inhuman social evil should be punished according to law,” the MNAs added.
They expressed solidarity with APP Reporter Sahib Oad and pledged to raise the issue in the National Assembly and other forums.
They said that PPP has always stood for equality and pledged that they won’t tolerate such approach anywhere in the country.

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شاندار عوامی بجٹ پیش کرنے پر وزیر اعلیٰ اور ان کی پوری ٹیم مبارکباد کی مستحق ہے۔ پی پی پی اراکین قومی اسمبلی

ملک کو درپیش دہشت گردی، نقص امن اور توانائی کے بحران جیسے چیلنجز کے پیش نظر اس سے بہتر بجٹ پیش نہیں کیا جاسکتا تھا۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ اس وقت صوبہ سندھ دہشت گردی کے خلاف جنگ میں ہراول دستہ کا کردار ادا کررہا ہے اور وفاق نے اس حوالے سے گزشتہ دو سالوں سے سندھ حکومت کی کوئی مالی مدد نہیں کی‘‘

’’ اپوزیشن کے پاس اپنی سیاسی ساکھ بچانے کے لئے بلاجواز احتجاج ہی بچا ہے لہذا وہ انھیں مبارک ہو تاہم پاکستان پیپلزپارٹی کی حکومت عوام کی فلاح کے لئے اقدامات کرتی رہے گی‘‘

کراچی۔ پاکستان پیپلز پارٹی کے اراکین قومی اسمبلی میر منور ٹالپور، نواب یوسف ٹالپور ،اعجاز حسین جاکھرانی، فقیر شیر محمد بلالانی ، شگفتہ جمانی اور سابق سینیٹر مولا بخش چانڈیو نے شاندار عوامی بجٹ پیش کرنے پر وزیراعلیٰ سندھ سید قائم علی شاہ، وزیرخزانہ سید مراد علی شاہ سمیت پوری سندھ کابینہ کو مباکباد پیش کی ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ملک کو درپیش دہشت گردی، نقص امن اور توانائی کے بحران جیسے چیلنجز کے پیش نظر اس سے بہتر بجٹ پیش نہیں کیا جاسکتا تھا۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ اس وقت صوبہ سندھ دہشت گردی کے خلاف جنگ میں ہراول دستہ کا کردار ادا کررہا ہے اور وفاق نے اس حوالے سے گزشتہ دو سالوں سے سندھ حکومت کی کوئی مالی مدد نہیں کی جبکہ وزیراعظم نے بارہا اس حوالے سے وعدے کئے جس کی وجہ سے سندھ پر بہت زیادہ مالی بوجھ پڑا ہے۔پی پی پی میڈیا سیل سندھ سے جاری کردہ بیان میں انھوں نے کہا کہ سندھ حکومت نے آئندہ مالی سال 2015-16ء کے لیے سندھ کا 7 کھرب 39 ارب 30 کروڑ18لاکھ روپے کا بجٹ پیش کر دیا ہے ، جس میں 12 ارب 72 کروڑ 76لاکھ روپے کا خسارہ ہو گا ۔ سرکاری ملازمین کی بنیادی تنخواہوں میں 10 فیصد جبکہ ان کے میڈیکل الاؤنس میں 25 فیصد اضافہ کا اعلان کیا گیا ہے اور آئندہ سال نوجوانوں کو 25 ہزار سے زائد ملازمتیں فراہم کی جائیں گی جبکہ پولیس میں 15 ہزار بھرتیاں کی جائیں گی ۔ محکمہ تعلیم میں 1484 نئی اسامیاں تخلیق کی جائیں گی ۔ عدالتوں میں 718 نئی اسامیاں پر کی جائیں گی جبکہ محکمہ صحت میں بھی کنٹریکٹ کی بنیاد پر لوگوں کو بھرتی کیا جائے گا ۔ محنت کشوں کی کم از کم اجرت 12 ہزار روپے سے بڑھا کر 13 ہزار روپے کر دی گئی ہے ۔ بجٹ میں تعلیم کے شعبے کے لیے سب سے زیادہ رقم 144.67 ارب روپے مختص کیے گئے ہیں ۔ اس میں 13.2 ارب روپے کا ترقیاتی بجٹ بھی شامل ہے ۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ آئندہ مالی سال کے بجٹ میں کراچی کے ترقیاتی منصوبوں کے لیے 49.736ارب روپے مختص کئے گئے ہیں اور آئندہ سال کراچی کے پانچ ریپڈ بس منصوبوں پر کام شروع کردیا جائے گا ،کے۔4اور سیوریج ایس۔ 3پروجیکٹ کے لیے بھی رقم مختص کی گئی ہے۔امن و امان کی صورت حال بہتر بنانے کے لیے نئے مالی سال کے بجٹ میں 64.458ارب روپے مختص کئے گئے ہیں جبکہ پولیس کے لیے 61.8ارب روپے اور رینجرز کے لیے 2.448ارب روپے کا بجٹ مختص کیا گیا ہے ۔انھوں نے کہا کہ حکومت سندھ نے تعلیمی بجٹ کو 7.6فیصد بڑھا کر 144.67ارب روپے کردیا ۔تعلیمی منصوبوں کے لیے سالانہ ترقیاتی پروگرام کا حجم رواں سال کے 10.7ارب روپے سے بڑھا کر 13.2ارب روپے کردیا ہے۔ انھوں نے کہا کہ اپوزیشن کے پاس اپنی سیاسی ساکھ بچانے کے لئے بلاجواز احتجاج ہی بچا ہے لہذا وہ انھیں مبارک ہو تاہم پاکستان پیپلزپارٹی کی حکومت عوام کی فلاح کے لئے اقدامات کرتی رہے گی۔

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Senate adopts four private Bills to prevent honor killings, torture, custodial deaths and custodial rapes

Islamabad March 2, 2015: The Senate today unanimously four private members bills namely the anti honor killings laws amendment bill, the bill to amend the Qanooni Shahdat Order 1984, the bill to amend the privatization commission ordinance 2000 and the bill to provide for the prevention of torture, custodial death and custodial rape, all moved by PPP Senators.

The anti honor killings laws amendment bill, the bill to amend the Qanooni Shahdat Order 1984 and the bill to amend the privatization commission ordinance 2000 were moved by Senator Sughra Imam while the fourth one to provide for the prevention of torture, custodial death and custodial rape was moved by the PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar. Earlier in January this year all the four bills had been unanimously endorsed by the Committee on Interior.

The anti torture Bill makes inadmissible as evidence statements obtained as a result of torture besides prescribing life imprisonment and fine of three million rupees for custodial death or custodial rape and a minimum of 5 years in jail and fine up to one million rupees for torture.

No reason including a state of war, emergency, political instability or an order of a superior authority shall constitute a defence against torture, according to the Bill.

No offence under it shall be compoundable and all offences will be cognizable and non-bailable.

No female shall be detained to extract information regarding the whereabouts of a person accused of any offence. A female can be taken into custody only by a female public servant and not by any male.

A public servant accused of torture shall prior to initiation of the investigation, be suspended or transferred to a different location. The Sessions Court shall have exclusive jurisdiction to try offences.

It defines “Torture” as inflicting physical or mental pain upon another person in custody, for obtaining any information or a confession or harassing and molesting a woman for this purpose.

Complaints of torture may be filed either with the FIA or before a Session Judge against any person, including a public servant.

Investigation in complaints of torture shall be completed within 14 days.

Trials shall be completed within three weeks. Appeals can be filed before the respective High Court within 10 days and decided in 30 days..

Complaints filed with malafide intent are punishable with imprisonment up to one year or with fine of up to one lac rupees.

The provisions of this Act override all other laws and the rules are to be framed by the Federal Government.

Giving rationale for the Bill Senator Farhatullah Babar said that Pakistan signed the Convention against Torture in 2008 and ratified it in 2010. Enabling legislation was now required to be adopted to define torture and prescribe punishment for it.

The Bills have yet to traverse some distance and overcome hurdles before becoming laws of the land. These will now to the National Assembly for adoption and then to the President for accent. Talking to the media Senator Farhatullah Babar expressed the hope that the government which did not oppose the Bills in the Senate will also not oppose these in the National Assembly. He said the adoption of the bills is not the victory of any individual or party but of the entire house comprising of all political parties as these were adopted unanimously. He said it was a welcome and positive development that the bills were adopted unanimously.

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Justice Bhagwandas will be remembered for his services to democracy: Sherry Rehman

Karachi, Feb 23, 2014: “Our country has suffered a profound loss with the passing of Justice Rana Bhagwandas, a man of unwavering morals and principles in the toughest of days,” said Vice President, PPP Sherry Rehman as she condoled with the late judge’s family.

“Justice Bhagwandas was one of the key jurists who upheld the constitution at all times, a service for which he will never be forgotten. While he may be gone from this world, his contributions to our society and justice system have rendered him immortal. Justice Bhagwandas will be sorely missed by all who knew him and were influenced by him”, added Rehman.

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Constitutional amendment not possible after announcement of Senate polling schedule: Sherry Rehman

KARACHI, February 24: Sherry Rehman, Vice President of Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians has said that PPP stood against horse-trading in every sense, and welcome cooperation to strengthen democracy but a Constitutional amendment at this stage is not possible after announcement of Senate polling schedule.

“Neither can the Senate’s procedure of single transferable vote on  proportional basis be open in a that often requires 2, 3 even four rounds,” she stated in a Press release.

Sherry Rehman further pointed out that Constitution of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto guaranteed sanctity of secret ballot; if the government needs a reform package we are happy to talk of broad electoral reform package.