Re-emergence of polio causes concern in Sindh

Re-emergence of polio causes concern in Sindh

Karachi: Sindh chief minister Murad Ali Shah on Thursday expressed his serious concern over the emergence of the latest polio case in this mega city, setting alarm bells for this metropolis and the country.

He was talking informally to the media during his visit to the shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi, the eighth century Muslim saint, whose anniversary is being observed here.

The first polio case in 20 months was reported in the city early this month, showing that the city was not clear of the crippling virus.

“We are very much concerned of the latest polio case,” Shah told reporters adding he ensured to hold a meeting every month on the issue so that this menacing disease could be eradicated from the province.

Earlier, the chief minister was quite content as during the current year no polio case had been reported in the city or province.

To a question Shah said the jury was still out on the issue of the provincial police chief’s posting, neither would it be resolved in the near future.

The question came in the backdrop of a Sindh High Court verdict that struck down the Sindh government orders removing inspector general (IG) Allah Dino Khawja from his office.

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Some members of the civil society had challenged the government order.

“The matter was in the court and we respect the court orders,” he said. “However we have some reservations on some points of the court verdict what we [want to] challenge.”

When his attention was drawn towards the report about the jail escape of two militants, who had now reached to Afghanistan, Shah said that actions would be taken against the responsible.

The chief minister said the government had immediately suspended and arrested the jail officials, who were responsible for the break. However, they were set free by the courts on bail, he said.

Shah also criticised the ongoing bus rapid transit (BRT) project that is called Green Line, for its delayed completion. The project was launched by the federal government of Pakistan Muslim League that was still far from completion.

The chief minister said that in the other provinces such projects had been completed in very short span of time but in Karachi, more than four years had lapsed but the completion was not in sight.

Shah said that his government was also reviewing the newly made provincial accountability law, saying his party chief Asif Ali Zardari believed in federation that was why the newly passed law would be reviewed.

The Sindh assembly had passed the law recently, prohibiting the federal accountability bureau to intervene in the provincial corruption cases.