‘10,000 new policemen for the rising population of Karachi’

CM repeats Kalabagh Dam not to be built till provincial consensus.

Express December 03, 2010

KARACHI: To meet Karachi’s increasing population’s security needs, the Sindh government has created 10,000 new posts in the police department, said Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Thursday.

The chief minister was addressing a group comprising 149 participants including faculty members of the National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad led by Major General Naveed Zaman who called on him at Chief Minister House.

According to Shah, Karachi’s population has risen to 20 million and the challenges of maintaining law and order have gone up in proportion.


Regarding coal reservoirs, Shah said that there are around 82 billion tons of coal in Sindh, which are being used to generate power. “The quality of this coal rivals that found in Germany,” he added.

The chief minister also informed the delegation that under the Shaheed Benazir Youth Development Programme, unemployed youth are being trained in different trades. So far, at least 10,000 trained young men and women have been employed in the private sector.

On Kalabagh Dam

Shah said that there is already a shortage of water and if the Kalabagh Dam is constructed, the economy of the country will suffer. A shortage of freshwater has caused the sea level to rise and flood valuable agricultural lands in lower Sindh. Shah said that according to the 1991 water accord, 10 million acre feet of water is supposed to be released downstream of Kotri so that the Indus delta can be saved.

He added that former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf had formed a committee, which reported that Kalabagh Dam or any other dam would not be feasible for the country. Shah said that the government had already decided that until and unless there is a consensus of all provinces, the dam cannot be constructed.

Sindh Chief Secretary Ghulam Ali Pasha, IG Police Babar Khattak, Additional Chief Secretary (Power and Development) Ishak Lashari, Health Secretary Hashim Zaidi and others also briefed the participants about development, law and order and other sectors of the province.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 3rd, 2010.


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