PM Abbasi arrives in Karachi for day-long visit

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will inaugurate Pakistan International Bulk Terminal at the Port Qasim


News Desk October 14, 2017
Prime MInister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. PHOTO: REUTERS

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi arrived in Karachi on Saturday on his day-long visit to the city.

Upon his arrival, the prime minister was received by Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah and Governor Mohammad Zubair. PML-N leaders and high authorities were also present on the occasion.

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The premier will inaugurate Pakistan International Bulk Terminal at the Port Qasim, according to officials, and hold meetings with Sindh government officials and the business community.

Sharing details of his visit, Director General Press Information Department Sikandar Shah told The Express Tribune that after the Port Qasim inauguration, the PM will review the law and order situation and hold the meetings at the Governor House.

“It is his one day visit and PM will return back to Islamabad in the evening,” he said.

The terminal was completed at a cost of $285 million early this year, according to a press statement, and has so far provided berths to 12 coal ships. It has been dredged up to 13 metres and is capable of handling ships of up to 65,000 tons.

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“The terminal jetty has been built to handle deeper draft vessels of 15.5 metres and PIBT will be able to handle larger vessels once Port Qasim dredges the channel beyond 13 metres,” the statement said. This is his third official visit since he assumed office.

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