PM Abbasi announces Rs25bn uplift package for Karachi


Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Saturday reaffirmed commitment of the federal government to work with the provincial government for development of the province.

The Prime Minister said that the Sindh Chief Minister should play his role to improve the link between local, provincial and federal bodies.

Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair and Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah received the prime minister.

PM Abbasi said he would have visited Karachi even if MQM had not voted for him in the PM elections, as Karachi is the hub of Pakistan's economy, told MQM-Pakistan head. Prime Minister Abbasi assured the governor that the federal government would continue to cooperate with the Sindh government in development projects.

Abbasi said the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) had supported the government and all efforts would be made to address their issues. The delegation asked the premier for their political freedom, and demanded to get their closed offices reopened.

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He said during his meeting with Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair he discussed in detail the development projects, including the construction of roads, improvement of traffic system and water supply schemes. During the meeting, security institutions will brief him about the targeted operation underway in the metropolis.

Abbasi was sworn in as premier earlier this month.

He was nominated for the position after the Supreme Court in a landmark ruling on the Panama Papers case disqualified Nawaz Sharif as PM after deeming him unfit to hold office.

Speaking about problems being faced by traders, the prime minister said that their difficulties would be resolved on priority basis.