KARACHI - The caretaker Chief Minister of Sindh Justice retired Zahid Qurban Alvi after assuming the post has said that ensuring peace is his top priority to revive the status of Karachi as City of lights.

He was talking to the media persons after paying visit to the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah here on Thursday.

Alvi laid floral wreath at the grave of the founder of Pakistan and offered fateha. 

Earlier, Caretaker Chief Minister Justice (r) Zahid Qurban Alvi, took oath of the office at a ceremony held at the Governor House here on Thursday afternoon. Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan administered the oath.

Outgoing chief minister of Sindh Qaim Ali Shah, Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, former federal and provincial ministers and prominent personalities from various walks of life also attended the ceremony.

Sindh Chief Secretary Arif Ahmed Khan conducted the oath taking proceedings. Later, the people congratulated Alvi on assuming the charge of the caretaker CM.

Meanwhile, Caretaker Chief Minister Justice (r) Qurban Alvi while talking to the media persons at Quaid-e-Azam’s mausoleum said that government and opposition jointly choosing him as interim CM put a big responsibility on his shoulders which he will fulfil with honesty.

When asked about launching any operation against criminals in Karachi through Pak Army, he said that he couldn’t say anything about launching of operation because he had not got briefing about the law and order situation of the City. He, however, said that ensuring the law and order in the City would be his first priority, adding that all available resources would be used to revive the status of Karachi as city of lights. The caretaker CM said that the garbage was being dumped everywhere in the City which had caused dirtiness in the City and he would pay attention in this regard too.

Alvi said that the gap between rural and urban was visible in terms of socio-economic facilities as rural areas plunged into poverty. “I will try my level best to end the gap of rural and urban during the interim period of government,” he vowed.

To a question about caretaker cabinet, interim chief minister said that he will choose the cabinet of his choice comprising of his likeminded. “I will choose the persons for cabinet, who work with me but not make the part of those who interested of becoming only minister,” he declared.

Alvi while defending his selection as caretaker chief minister rejected the allegations of opposition parties of partial or his tilt towards the former ruling parties of PPP and MQM.

Referring to the opposition parties’ announcement to challenge his nomination as CM in the court, interim cm Zahid Qurban Alvi said that if anyone wanted to challenge his selection the Supreme Court can do it.

To a question, he refuted the claims that he bailed out the PPP government in his inquiry in the breach occurred in the Indus River at Guddu Barrage during floodwaters in 2010. The caretaker chief minister reminded that in the findings on inquiry into flood breach, he had made responsible to the senior officials of the irrigation department and recommended action against them as well as recommended for resignation of the then irrigation minister of the province.

Meanwhile, the caretaker CM, after paying visit to Quaid’s mausoleum, left for Islamabad for meeting with Prime Minister Raja Pervez Asharaf and President Asif Ali Zardari on Sindh’s caretaker setup.

Sources said that people suggested by the PPP and MQM for the caretaker ministers have close association with both the parties so caretaker CM wanted to talk with the President to allow him selecting the team of caretaker cabinet of his choice.

Meanwhile, the PPP has suggested the names including PPP leader of Nawabshah Zia Lanjar, who is close to Faryal Talpur, Fida Hussain Dhakan of PPP media cell and others for caretaker cabinet while MQM’s former MNA Khushbakht Shujat’s husband Shujaat Ali Baig, Kazi Khalid advocate, Barrister Habibur Rehman and other names suggested by the MQM for interim setup.

They said that one minister on recommendation of Sunni Tehreek also would be taken up in the provincial interim cabinet.

It is expected that the provincial cabinet would be finalised within two three days, which would be comprise of 12 to 15 ministers.