KARACHI - Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that international defence exhibition under the banner of Ideas 2016 in Karachi is a matter of pride and prestige and exhibits confidence of national and international organisations in the city.

He expressed these views while talking to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the Old Terminal. He said that people of Karachi faced long years of worst law and order and terrorist attacks in the city. “As a result, investors shied away, capital flight was witnessed and on top of that infrastructure of the city was completely destroyed,” he said.

 “With the collective wisdom of political and military leadership, with the political will of the PPP government in the province and with the unflinching public support a vigorous but intelligence-based targeted operation was launched against outlaws and terrorists,” he said.

He said the operation had produced desired results and today national and international organisations were coming to this city to attend the defence exhibition. “This is something very encouraging and I must congratulate the people of my city for their support and thank the law enforcement agencies for their untiring operation,” he said.

Shah said that he had started developing infrastructure in the city. Some projects have been started and some are about to start. “Waste disposal will start by the end of December because a Chinese company has been awarded the front-end waste disposal contract,” he said. He said that K-IV bulk water supply scheme had been launched and it would start supplying water to the city soon. “I am planning to make another water supply arrangement to cater to the needs of the industrial sector,” he said.

Earlier, the chief minister received Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the Old Terminal and accompanied him to the Ideas 2016 Defence Exhibition at the Expo Centre. He also met Army Chief Raheel Sharif.  Latter, the chief minister accompanied by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif went to South City Hospital to enquire after Sindh Governor Justice (Retd) Saeeduzaman Siddiqui. Later, the chief minister saw the prime minister off at the Old Terminal.

DIPLOMATS MEET CM

Diplomats of two countries called on Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah at CM House on Tuesday.

Ambassador of Belgium Frederic Verheyden and a Swiss delegation met the chief minister. The ambassador of Belgium discussed technical support for energy-based projects in Sindh and promotion of cultural activities.

The delegation of Swiss Confederation was led by Johannes Matsyassy, director of Political Directorate; Consul General of Switzerland in Karachi Philippe Crevoisier and Michael Cottier, chief of South Asia Regional Coordinator Desk. They discussed improved law and order in the city and showed their interest in development of the energy sector, especially renewable energy.

The chief minister presented traditional Sindhi caps and shawls to the guests.