Sunday, April 25, 2010

3rd parliamentary year of Sindh Assembly begins, SA has passed 29 bills in past 2 years

KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly two-year performance report from 5 April 2008 to 4th April 2010 was presented here on Wednesday. The Speaker of the Sindh Assembly, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro while addressing a press conference at the Sindh Assembly's Committee Room presented the report, saying that a total of 29 bills, 13 resolutions and 54 joint resolutions were passed during the period while 11 ordinances, 20 private bills, 10 privilege motions, 11 adjournment motions and 103 motions were received by the assembly in the past two years. As many as 3,408 questions were received of them, 2,343 were allowed, 1,254 were laid on the floor of the house, 21 were withdrawn and 320 were processed.

The Sindh Assembly held 17 sessions during the past two years which comprised of 145 total days and 101 actual sittings. Nisar Khuhro said that no agenda remained uncompleted in the past two years of the provincial assembly and whatever resolution or bill was presented in the assembly, the members discussed it . 

He said that the credit goes to Sindh that pioneered live telecasting of the assembly proceeding so that the people can know that what was going on in the assembly. Commenting on the opposition's participation, he said that the opposition itself admitted that it was given sufficient time to speak on the assembly floor.

MNA Faryal Talpur opposes Jirga system


LARKANA: The present democratic government succeeded to bring the 18th amendment in the constitution and passed the NFC Award in the parliament unanimously by implementing the vision of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and her reconciliation policy. This was stated by the PPP MNA Madame Faryal Talpur while talking to newsmen at the Larkana Press Club after inaugurating a newsroom at the press club on Friday.

She said that the media plays an important role for a positive change in the society by pointing out problems of the people. The government started the Shaheed Benazir Income Support Program and allotted government lands to the landless women, besides providing job opportunities to the educated youths because the PPP is the party of poor and downtrodden people, she added. She condemned the Jirga system and added that this system only helps the influential men to be dominant over the poor people. She opined that the Jirga system will be stopped in the interests of the masses. While replying to a question, she said that the financial problems of the Women Crisis Centre Larkana will be resolved very soon. State Minister Shagufta Jumani, Chairman SPDC Larkana Dr Shafqat Hussain Soomro, DCO Larkana Syed Hassan Naqvi were also present on the occasion. Madame Faryal Talpur also inaugurated the installation of 300 KVA generator at the city block of the Chandka Medical Hospital Larkana last night, where MS of the Hospital Dr. Zulfiqar Siyal briefed her about different issues related to the hospital staff. She also presided over a meeting of the members of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Larkana at the local Circuit House. President of the Chamber Khair Muhammad Shaikh and Nisar Ali Shaikh (Shaikh Brothery) briefed the MNA about different problems, which are being faced by the citizens. 

Nisar Ahmed Khuhro hands over lease papers of Katchi Abadis

Sunday, April 25, 2010
LARKANA: Speaker Sindh Assembly Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, along with Sindh minister for Katchi Abadis, distributed 105 lease documents to the people in Haidri Mohallah here on Saturday.

Speaking on the occasion, Khuhro said that in Larkana district, 15 Katchi Abadis out of 34, were notified and the remaining would also be notified within a month.

He said the government was trying to follow the manifesto of the party which gives the slogan of Roti, Kapra Aur Makan. “We are implementing it in letter and spirit,” he said.

Khuhro said Benazir rendered services for the rights of the poor and restoration of democracy in the country.

Sindh Minister for Katchi Abadis Engineer Muhammad Rafique said that all the Katchi Abadis in the province would be regularised. He said President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani also desired that ownership rights be transferred to the residents of the Katchi Abadis.

He said that Katchi Abadis established before 1985 would be regularised and lease would also be provided.

24th April:

Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro on Friday said Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and her daughter Benazir Bhutto had sacrificed their lives for democracy. He was addressing a gathering at Khalique Colony here. Earlier, the speaker inaugurated the PCR Centre and the blood bank laboratory of the Chandka Medical College Hospital.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

DCO vows for clean and green Larkana

LARKANA:  The District Coordination Officer Larkana, Syed Hassan Naqvi has said that all out efforts are being made to ensure Larkana as clean and green, in order to provide healthy atmosphere for the people of Larkana. This he said while presiding over a meeting of district officers to review the progress of clean and green Larkana at his camp office here on Friday.

On the occasion, District Forest Officer Larkana informed that one lack 90 thousand plants of different trees were being panted in the district to make Larkana green and clean.

The DCO directed the District officer forest Larkana to prepare the feasibility report regarding more plantation on the both sides of roads included the CMC Hospital road , Railway Station road, District Council road, Police Lines as well as Rice Canal paths.

The DCO also directed TMO Larkana to ensure the cleanliness of city and to remove the encroachments

from both sides of roads at Shaikh Zaid Women Hospital Larkana and other areas, added that prepare feasibility report regarding the repair of drain disposal of Lahori Mohalla Larkana regarding the sewerage water. The meeting was largely attended by concerned officers on the occasion.

Govt after a long struggle has removed dictatorial amendments from the constitution: Nisar Khuhro

LARKANA: The Speaker of the Sindh Assembly Nisar Ahmed Khuhro has said that the vision of Shaheed Zulifqar Ali Bhutto was to establish the Chandka Medical College at Larkana in order to provide medical facilities to the people of the upper Sindh area as well as the adjoining areas of the province of Balochistan and parts of Punjab.

This he said while addressing the concluding ceremony of the 3rd Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Annual Sports Week and musical night at SMBBMU at CMC Campus last night.

Addressing on the occasion, he criticized the rule of dictators in which the students of the CMC were arrested and punished in a severe manner, but the students proved themselves as true Pakistani and faced all challenges in those difficult days. After struggling for 30 years, the PPP Government has succeeded in getting the 18th amendment passed to remove the remnants of dictators from the constitution through the democratic process.

He also said that Shaheed Zulifqar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto always served Pakistan and they sacrificed their lives for the right of the downtrodden people of the country and for the restoration of democracy.

The Sindh Minister for Culture Sassui Palejo while addressing on the occasion said that she was very happy to see the extracurricular activities taking place at SMBBMU at CMC Campus Larkana.

The Minister advised the students of SMBBMU to follow in the footsteps of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, who also belonged to Larkana and became a great leader of the world. She further said that Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s mission will be completed at all costs by the government under the dynamic leadership of the President of Pakistan Mr. Asif Ali Zardari.
The Minister further said that the culture department is taking steps to preserve the cultural heritage besides the “Latif Chairs” were opened at Karachi and other universities in the province, so that the message of Shah Latif may be provided to the students in the proper way.
Earlier, the Culture Minister inaugurated the photo exhibition of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, which was arranged by Masood Khoso.
On the occasion, MPA Haji Munawar Ali Abbasi, Dr. Ayoub Shaikh, Nisar Ali Shaikh, Nazir Ahmed Shaikh, Khair Muhammad Shaikh and other PPP leaders including SMBBMU officials were also present.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s death anniversary observed countrywide

LARKANA: The 31st death anniversary of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (ZAB), former prime minister and founder of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was observed with great fervour and solemnity on Sunday.

The PPP and PPP-Shaheed Bhutto (SB) arranged functions separately to commemorate the death anniversary. Quran khawani’s were held in every corner of the country to pray for the departed soul of ZAB. People from all walks of life paid rich tributes to the former prime minister for his services to the nation and long life struggle for the promotion of democracy. The main function in this regard was held at Bhutto’s mausoleum at Garhi Khuda Buksh Bhutto, where Quran Khawani was also held throughout the day. PPP leaders including President Asif Ali Zardari, Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, Senate Chairman Farooq H Naek, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar and others visited the ZAB’s mausoleum to lay floral wreaths and offer fateha. PPP leaders from all over the country including Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and FATA also participated in the functions, which were held to mark the occasion. PPP senators, members of national assembly, members of provincial assemblies, PPP central executive committee (CEC) and federal council (FC) members also paid their tributes to ZAB.

Caravans and rallies of PPP workers continued to reach and leave Garhi Khuda Buksh Bhutto and the place remained jam-packed with people all the day. A ‘mushaira’ was also held on the occasion in which prominent poets from all over the country paid rich tributes to the former prime minister. Following the tradition, a joint meeting of the PPP CEC and FC was held, which was chaired by PPP Co-chairman President Asif Ali Zardari. Participants of the meeting hailed ZAB’s services to the nation and democracy and expressed their full confidence in the leadership of PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. The overall political situation of the country and matters relating to the party functioning were also discussed in the meeting. Rich tributes were also paid to former PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto for sacrificing her life only to achieve the rights of the downtrodden and to strengthen the democratic system in the country in order to provide the poor masses basic facilities under her party manifesto including the provision of employment, education, energy, environment and improvement of economy of the country in the national interest. Peoples Doctors Forum (PDF) Larkana district and District Health Department Larkana also established free medical camps to provide medical assistance to the participants of the death anniversary at Garhi Khuda Buksh Bhutto.

On this occasion a documentary film on the life of ZAB was also shown, which included his highly charged speeches at the UN. Strict security arrangements were in place to avoid any untoward incident

President Zardari inaugurates power plant in Larkana

LARKANA: President Asif Zardari Sunday urged foreign investors to take advantage of the business opportunities in Pakistan and establish energy and infrastructure projects in partnership with provincial governments.

He was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the first gas fired rental power plant of 51 Mega Watts at Naudero, district Larkana. President Zardari said power producers were of benefit to Pakistan, as they kept the country out of darkness.

President Zardari thanked the Walter Power International, which has set up the power plant for making investment in the interior of Sindh saying it will create thousands of jobs for people. The company has a history of setting up power projects in Pakistan, he added.

Zardari said the government is pursuing the policy of setting up projects through public-private-partnership while ensuring rights of provinces. 
The provinces would have equity in the power projects by providing gas and the land, which would help in creating projects worth billions of dollars. 
He asked the Sindh government to establish a special incentive zones for new industries. The president stressed on people to put their trust in the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government so that it can build a better future for Pakistan.

“I remember challenges of the days when the government of Benazir Bhutto was dismissed and the power projects were also derailed,” he recalled.

He said the investors came at the invitation of first Benazir Bhutto government and in her second stint they set up the projects like Hubco with the generation capacity of 1,500 MW. He said Shaheed Benazir Bhutto had the foresight to see the rising electricity demand due to growth in population. 

The Benazir Bhutto government managed to sign Memorandums of Understandings (MOUs) of 40,000 MW of which 4,500 MW was to be produced from coal, he noted. 

He said PPP has a vision for tomorrow and it understands needs of the future. It fulfilled its promise by making operational, the first power plant of Sindh in Larkana. He reminded that in the past PPP was criticized for bringing independent power producers to Pakistan. 

The Naudero power plant has been assured 12mmcfd gas for five year through PEPCO's Generation Company and an SSGC gas transmission pipeline has been linked to it besides laying of 132 KV transmission line to connect the power to national grid.

It will provide power to 2,500 tubewells which are designed to irrigate 75,000 acres of land that produces 1.2 million tons of wheat and rice besides ensuring stable power to over 1,000 average sized villages in the area.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Federal Minister for Water & Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Interior Minister A. Rehman Malik, Minister for Privatization Syed Naveed Qamar, Speaker Sindh Assembly Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Nisar Ali Shaikh (Shaikh Brothery), Provincial Ministers, Central Information Secretary of PPP Fouzia Wahab, MNAs, MPAs, PPP leaders and high officials were present on the occasion. -APP