KARACHI - Federal Ministers Syed Naveed Qamar and Farooq H Naek on Sunday called on Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi here at Balochistan House, and discussed Balochistan situation. The meeting also discussed further steps needed to improve law and order situation in the province.
Talking to media there after the meeting, Syed Naveed Qamar said that on the directives of President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, he and his other cabinet colleagues were busy in interacting with all those Balochistan leaders and sardars who are pro-Pakistan and talk of a united and prosperous Pakistan. Besides, he said, the federal government had taken the Balochistan government on board before taking any important decision about the province. Today’s meeting with the Balochistan governor was also part of this policy.
He said the meeting also discussed the impact of Balochistan package, and of other political and administrative measures taken so far by the present PPP-led government.
The federal government and Pakistan People’s Party fully realized the gravity of Balochistan situation. That is why, all possible steps were being taken to improve the situation which included Balochistan package.
He said that after taking all stakeholders into confidence and getting their feedback, the Federal Cabinet in its next meeting on Balochistan would come up with more important policy decisions and incentives for Balochistan people.
He emphasized that all the provincial and the federal governments should work seriously and sincerely to improve Balochistan situation in the interest of the country and the people of Balochistan. To a question, he said there were evidences of foreign hand behind Balochistan situation.
Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Secretary Raja Muhammad Abbas has taken serious note of mismanagement of traffic and ordered Sindh Additional Inspector General (Traffic) to improve traffic management system in the province including Karachi. According to an official statement here on Sunday, the Chief Secretary has shown concern over the reports and complaints about traffic jams in Saddar area of Karachi and absence of traffic police personnel.
He ordered strict legal action against those found negligent in their duties and the report be submitted to his office within next two days.
Minister orders crackdown against poisonous liquor: Provincial Minister for Excise and Taxation Mukesh Kumar Chawla has taken serious notice of illegal sale and purchase of poisonous liquor in Karachi and directed officers of the excise department to take stern actions against those who are involved in this heinous crime.
On the special directives of provincial minister for excise and taxation excise department, teams raided different parts of the city and arrested six accused and recovered 226 liters illicit liquor and 30 plastic bottles of liquor from their possession.
According to details, Excise and Taxation Department teams raided the areas of Godhra, Al-Falah Masjid Chenasar Ghoth, Parsi Gate Mehmodabad, Mangophir Road, Esa Nagri and FC Area and recovered 120 liters liquor for accused Adnan, 234 bottles from Raheel, 30 plastic bottles of liquor from Muhammad Fayaz, 30 liters liquor from Muhammad Vakas, 32 bottles liquor from Qasim Habib and 20 bottles were recovered from Muhammad Nouman. Cases have been lodged against accused and further investigations are under process.