KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has said that he is willing to assist the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) investigate the Captive Power Plant Tariff subsidy, which he was asked about through a questionnaire.
The CM was asked by the NAB whether the provincial government or the federal government was authorised to fix the tariff, through a questionnaire which was sent to him on September 17 and was asked to submit his response by September 24.
Shah made these remarks while speaking to the media during a visit to the Center for Autism Rehabilitation and Training Centre, run by the provincial Department for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities. He was accompanied by his adviser on Law, Barrister Murtaza Wahab and special assistant of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Department. The CM said that he had been given short notice to respond to the questionnaire, given the legal and constitutional issues, which is why he had asked the NAB for more time.
“The Constitution of Pakistan’s Article 157 authorises the provincial legislature to give the tariff,” he said in response to a question. “I am ready to assist the NAB in its investigation. I want to appear there to assist them, not just for a photo session for the media.”
The CM denied the rumours that he was summoned by the NAB in connection with the Thatta sugar mill case and criticised the media for his character assassination and misguiding the audience.
Clean My Karachi drive
The CM had initiated a month-long campaign, ‘Clean My Karachi’, on September 21, with the aim to restore the beauty of Karachi. In response to a question regarding the campaign, he said the work was in full swing and administration was in high spirits.
“There were some problems on the first day of the drive which have been fixed and now the cleaning work of this beautiful city is improving day by day,” he said.
Center for Autism
CM Shah inaugurated the exercise room and consultant clinics at the government’s Center for Autism Rehabilitation and Training by cutting the ribbon. He also inaugurated a bus service for the differently-abled children and distributed new pairs of shoes among the new admissions. The differently-abled children presented tableaus and sang a welcome song for the chief minister.
Shah said the Center for Autism Rehabilitation and Training enrolled under-18 students and those who had turned 18 years old were returned to their homes. The CM expressed pleasure in announcing the establishment of another centre for children with autism.
“Today, I announce the establishment of another centre for the children who can move for higher education or additional rehabilitation exercises after completing their courses of under 18 years,” he said.
The CM also announced the establishment of satellite centres of the Center of Autism Rehabilitation in every district.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 27th, 2019.