Qaim announces 200,000 acres of land for landless peasants
SUKKUR: The Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, told a PPP meeting in Mithi on Monday that 200,000 acres of state land in Tharparkar would be distributed among the landless peasants.
The chief minister also announced the establishment of two degree colleges and reopening of 600 schools. Shah said that the concerns of the people of Thar about being ignored in jobs in the Thar Coal Project were realistic. He said the government would remove these concerns.
The chief minister said that the Thar Coal Project would overcome the energy crisis by 2015. Shah said that a notification on giving Islamkot the status of a Taluka would soon be issued. The chief minister said that President Asif Ali Zardari had ordered him to meet party presidents of each district and resolve the complaints about party affairs. Shah said that the provincial government was not against holding peace rallies by other parties.
He said his government even allowed a party to hold a rally at the mausoleum of the Quaid-e-Azam, but the same party again wished to hold a rally at the same venue, which was not acceptable to the government on security grounds.
The chief minister said that there were designated places in the developed countries for holding demonstrations, like the Hyde Park in the United Kingdom, but in Pakistan people wanted to hold rallies wherever they wished to.
Shah ruled out the possibility of early elections, saying that the government would complete its tenure at all costs. The chief minister on the complaints of some party workers suspended the executive engineer and SDO of the irrigation department.
Shah also assured the people of Thar that the issues of irrigation water would be resolved. He also said that the law and order situation would be improved. Meanwhile, an uproar was witnessed at the party meeting when some local leaders of the party accused the district president of the PPP of nepotism in jobs.
The meeting was also attended by Law Minister Ayaz Soomro, Local Bodies’ Minister Agha Siraj Durrani, Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon and Finance Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah.