KARACHI - Sindh Local Bodies Minister Nasir Hussain Shah on Saturday said the Sindh government was committed for the development of Karachi and it was their responsibility to resolve the people’s issues.

Addressing a seminar titled ‘Planning and Rehabilitation of Karachi’ at SZABIST, he said a new journey of progress and prosperity would begin soon as Bilawal would announce a special package for the development of the city.

“This is more than the breaking news for Karachiites that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will be announcing a special package for the city in one or two days,” he announced. “The provincial government is serious in removing encroachments from the city and providing transport, education, health and other basic necessities of life and law-making was also in progress in this regard,” he said.

He said Karachi was the business hub of the country and the provincial government was committed in improving the state of traders, industrialists and people including those living in the slums of the city. “I admit openly that in past the city had to face injustice and the representatives, bureaucrats and other stakeholders of the city failed to own it,” he said. He vowed to work for the progress and prosperity of the city with his complete dedication. He said PPP had given several schemes to the city and had also completed them, however, majority of them remained in files only and failed to materialise.

Meanwhile, PPP Senator Islamuddin Shaikh and Sindh Local Bodies Minister Nasir Hussain Shah also called on Bilawal and discussed various issues including strategy and planning for the situation of upcoming local bodies elections in Sukkur. The chairman got briefings from the two elected representatives over the party preparations for the LB polls and urged them to initiate campaign for mobilising the party activists in the area for the elections.

Meanwhile, PPP MPAs Shamim Mumtaz, Shaheena Sher Ali, Khairunnisa Mughal and Ghazala Siyal have expressed grave concern over the recent stance by MQM on resignations. They said the decision to stay resigned and stop all onward negotiations with the federal government would jeopardise the struggle for sustainment of democracy in Pakistan. They said PPP had always supported resolution of all political disputes through political dialogue. They said any deadlock and onward reactions would only damage the democratic institutions and in case the democracy is derailed, it would be long to see its return.