KARACHI: Mohammad Zubair, Governor of Sindh, has vowed to promote an investor-friendly climate in Karachi to fulfil the desire by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to see the country’s biggest city returning to its old image of ‘the city of lights’ and the hub of commercial activity.
In an interview with APP the other day, the governor outlined his vision to transform the violence-prone city and once again make it attractive for foreign and domestic investment.
“The Prime Minister has a desire to transform Karachi back to ‘the city of lights’ and conducive to investments,” the governor said, citing PM’s directives, and added he would make all possible efforts to make the city an attractive destination for business activity.
Although, maintenance of law and order in provinces is the responsibility of the respective provincial governments, the governor said he would coordinate with the chief minister and the director rangers to achieve this goal.
Responding to a question, the governor stated that safety and security of common people is the top priority of the prime minister, and his government is taking all measures to ensure that people enjoy all the basic amenities at their doorsteps without any discrimination.
The governor said that since taking over in 2013, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has focused his efforts to root out terrorism from the length and breadth of the country and is pursuing an ambitious agenda.
to eliminate poverty and economic deprivation for the common people. “Economic prosperity will immensely contribute to achieving the goals of peace and development in the country,” he added.
Zubair said that as a result of determined efforts by the prime minister to curb heinous crimes such as kidnapping for ransom, target killings and other terrorist activities have dropped to their lowest level as compared to what the government inherited in 2013.
He complimented DG Rangers and I.G. Police Sindh for their efforts to restore and maintain law and order and said he will provide all possible help and support to eliminate crimes in the city and return it to its past glory.
Responding to a question, the Governor agreed that reduction in street crimes in Karachi has not been achieved to desired levels owing to the fact that police force lack in numbers to monitor the country’s most populous city, which is home to diverse communities.
“Karachi has the largest concentration of Afghan population in the world; there are people from all kinds of communities including Mohajirs, Baluch, Bengali, Punjabi etc,” he said, adding Karachi police force is half of Lahore police force which has less population than Karachi. He said a large number of security forces are detailed with ministers, advisers, MPAs and other political party leaders, leaving less policemen to deal with law and order and control petty street crimes. The governor, who was overseeing the privatisation commission before being appointed in Sindh province, said that Pakistan of today is different from what it was in 2013. “It has now been transformed into a new era of hope that promised economic development and prosperity for all.”
He said that Sharif has given special attention to Karachi, which is the country’s economic hub.
The governor was confident the vision of the prime minister will make Karachi once again the ‘the city of lights’, where people lived in peace and prosperity. He expressed the optimism that law and order will further improve and goal of peace in the city will be realised soon.