ISLAMABAD - The Federal and Sindh governments to jointly look into the issues of Karachi city and to ensure early completion of the long standing development projects of the city decided to set up a six member committee on Wednesday. 

Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar, during a media briefing, informed that representatives from the Centre and Sindh governments met for the third time today where they reached at a consensus to work together in six priority areas including water, sewerage system, transport, roads infrastructure, solid waste disposal and clearance of encroachments. Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah and Asad Umar headed their respective delegations in the meeting.  Asad Umar said in all the above mentioned areas either the projects were already designed or new projects were needed to be initiated.

He said it was decided in the meeting that all bottlenecks of the long standing projects such as KCR, K4, and S3 would be removed through mutual consultation.  He informed that there was no convener of the committee as both sides would work on the basis of mutual understanding. 

Federal Secretary, ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives and Provincial Secretary Planning and Development Sindh would lead their respective groups in the meeting. “We have targeted that within two weeks, the projects’ will be short listed and it would be decided which projects are to be led by the Sindh government and which projects are the responsibility of the federal government,” he said adding that the financial and legislative matters of the projects would also be finalized within the given time.

“But we will not wait for two weeks,” he said adding, the committee would start its work from tomorrow and next meeting would be held in Karachi on Saturday. The minister said Karachi was the biggest revenue generation city of the country and the federal government wanted it to reach its maximum potential. For this, the city’s residents must have to be provided with maximum facilities.

He said Prime Minister Imran Khan had his personal connection with the people of Karachi who elected him in the general elections. Furthermore, he said since 19 out of 21 seats of Karachi city belonged to PTI and MQM which was a coalition partner of the PTI, therefore it was also political responsibility of the federal government to work for the development of Karachi.

Asad Umar also made it clear that PTI and Pakistan People’s Party had intense political differences but for the sake of Karachi residents they joined hands to work for the city.  “This is a developmental procedure and there should be no differences on development works.”

He also clarified that the PTI’s move was only for the betterment of people of Karachi and it must not be connected with the PTI government’s accountability strategy.  “I want to make it clear that there will be no compromise on accountability process in the country,” he said. He said even the PTI government’s important leaders were passing through the accountability process; therefore, no one should misinterpret it.