KARACHI: President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi has asserted that the country’s development and prosperity were directly linked with the development of Karachi, emphasizing that the government can no longer ignore the plight of its people.
“Federal government is playing its due role in addressing Karachi’s issues”, he said while chairing a high-level meeting at Governor’s House, Karachi and discussed Karachi Transformation Plan to resolve major infrastructure issues of the metropolitan city.
The meeting was attended by Governor Sindh, Mr Imran Ismail, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Mr Asad Umar, and MNA, Mr Aftab Siddiqi.
During the meeting, the President laid particular emphasis on the importance of water conservation in Karachi. He regretted that no such plan to preserve water had been formulated in past.
Governor Sindh updated the President about Karachi’s problems relating to availability of clean drinking water, sewerage, solid waste management and transport. He also apprised of the measures being adopted by the Federal Government for their redressal.
Federal Minister Asad Umar informed that there were clear signs of the fourth wave of Covid-19 starting in the country, primarily due to poor compliance to SOPs and arrival of the Indian variant of the virus.
The President stressed that the people should get themselves vaccinated as early as possible. He also advised the concerned authorities to follow the instructions of NCOC to help check the spread of the virus. He maintained that the proactive decision-making had helped Pakistan avoid the kind of situation being witnessed in other countries.