MIRPURKHAS - AGENCIES - Former president and PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari announced establishment of a university in drought-hit Tharparkar, a cadet college and installation of water filtration plants in every village of the district.

Zardari, accompanied by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, provincial cabinet members and PPP leaders, arrived at Mithi, visited the civil hospital and presided over a high-level meeting at which he issued many directions regarding relief activities.

Asif Ali Zardari also visited reverse osmosis plants installed near the Sindh Coal Authority office Mithi where Pak Oasis (Pvt) Limited Chief Operating Officer Irshad Hussain briefed him on reverse osmosis plants.

On this occasion, Asif Ali Zardari said all reverse osmosis plants should be made functional to ensure safe drinking water for the people of Thar.

He directed the Sindh government to install water filtration plants in every village. “We will provide solar system for the areas having no electricity,” he said. The provincial government, he continued, would set up basic health units in the impoverished region. In addition, he announced, 150 camps would be set up in the desert district to provide free meals to the poor.

“If any reverse osmosis plant is not functional for some reasons, it should be made functional on emergency basis,” he directed Irshad Hussain. He said the people of Thar could spend a healthy life if supply of safe drinking water was ensured.

On this occasion, RO Plants Chief Operating Officer Irshad Hussain told Asif Zardari that the plants could filter 75,000 gallons of water which was sufficient for 25,000 to 30,000 people there.

“There are 48 RO plants which are working for providing safe drinking water to Tharparkar district while work is under progress for installation of 25 more such plants, which would be soon completed,” he said.

Earlier, the PPP co-chairman visited Civil Hospital Mithi where he inquired about facilities being provided to patients. He also met indoor patients there.

Zardari directed the officials concerned to ensure basic and all necessary medical facilities to patients, especially children and women. Later, he visited the medical camp established by Bahria Town, where he was briefed that four mobile teams were working to provide medical facilities to patients, including special persons.

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon, Livestock Minister Jam Khan Shoro, Zakat Minister Dost Ali Rahmo, MNA Faqeer Sher Bilalani, MPA Dr Mahesh Kumar Malani and officials of the district were present on the occasion.

Later, the former president chaired a high-level meeting at Darbar Hall Mithi and took briefing from different district officers regarding relief activities.

Establishment of Tharparkar Cadet College, Benazir Dastarkhawans and other decisions for the development of Thar people were taken at the meeting.

The PPP co-chairperson ordered early completion of the rehabilitation process. He also revisited the progress of various ongoing development schemes of Thaparkar district with special reference to drinking water supply, food and health.

He directed installation of air coolers at all the hospitals and schools in Tharparker. He also directed the authorities to expedite installation of 750 reverse osmosis (RO) plants at an accelerated pace.

He was informed that 169,238 wheat bags had been distributed among the affected people, 202,646 patients provided with treatment, 3.28 million livestock vaccinated and 68,130 bags of fodders delivered. The Tharparkar deputy commissioner further disclosed that a team of 50 doctors/paramedical staff was also performing duties in Mithi.

Zardari directed the members of the provincial assembly and district office bearers of PPP to set up dastarkhwans for at least 150 persons on daily basis in the areas where poor/needy people were residing. He also ordered installation of solar energy panels in every village. He directed the authorities to provide land to landless peasant women for their livelihood.

The meeting was told that several people/companies had sought adoption of schools/hospitals in Tharparkar. Zardari directed the Sindh government to process it immediately and implement the same. Foolproof security arrangements had been made by the police on this occasion.

After the meeting, Sharjeel Inam Memon told media people that the visit of the PPP co-chairman remained very successful and the ex-president was satisfied with the relief activities.

MQM PROTEST AGAINST EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS: Hundreds of workers and office bearers of the Mirpurkhas MQM staged a demonstration on Friday outside the Gulistan-e-Baldia lawn against the alleged extrajudicial killings of its workers, office bearers and supporters and their kidnappings in Karachi.

The protesters, carrying banners and placards, raised slogans against Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO) and the Sindh government.

Addressing the protesters, MQM zonal in-charge Mujeebul Haq alleged their party workers were being kidnapped by the personnel in plain clothes in Karachi, kept in illegal confinement and tortured. He further alleged many workers and supporters were missing as they had been picked up by the officials in plain clothes.

He termed PPO a black law and said the Sindhis had rejected it. He claimed all this was being made at the behest of the Sindh government. He appealed to the chief justice of Pakistan, the prime minister, the Sindh chief minister, the governor and other government authorities to take immediate notice and ensure action against those involved in kidnapping of the MQM workers and award them exemplary punishment.

MPA Dr Zafar Ahmed Kamali, zonal committee member Khalid Tabassum, women wing in-charge Ishrat Baji, members of Sindh Tanzimi Committee, Abdul Khalique Chandio, Zafar Khan and Ibrar also spoke on the occasion.