Reconciliation between Imran, Murad must to save Karachi economy: Altaf Shakoor

KARACHI: Growing differences between Prime Minister Imran Khan and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah are detrimental for the economy of the megacity Karachi and their urgent reconciliation is a must; however, Pasban Democratic Party (PDP) is ready to play the role of a mediator in this regard in the larger interest of the nation and country, said PDP Chairman Altaf Shakoor in a statement here Saturday.

He said the PDP has closer contacts with both the PTI and PPP leaders and it is in a better position to play this role of bridge so that the people of Pakistan incuding Sindh province, particularly, the people of the megacity Karachi may live in peace and the engines of national economy and trade are kept moving. He said the megacity Karachi is the hub of the national economy and the nation cannot afford differences between the central and provincial governments at these crucial times when coronavirus has hit Pakistan and Pakistanis badly.

He said for the betterment of the national economy and revival of trade and industry it is necessary that both these governments should be on the same page as early as possible. He said the PDP is comparatively a new political party but it has a full grip over the pressing national issues. It is working for the larger interests of the poor masses, with a special focus on revival of civic infrastructure and industrial development of Karachi.

Altaf Shakoor said his party is working hard to provide relief to the poor masses. He regretted that the governmental relief efforts are not seen anywhere in the megacity. He said revival of economy in Karachi and urgent relief to Karachiites is linked to the survival of 3 Crore people and for this purpose it is necessary that the Prime Minister and Sindh chief minister join hands.

He said tension and non-cooperation between the Center and the provinces is not tolerable and it would seriously harm the nation and country. He regretted that in Sindh the police and administration seem failure in running the economy and serving the poor masses. He said if things continue to go on this trajectory there might be no option but a Governor Rule.

However, a PDP release said that their chairman Altaf Shakoor has already helped Imran Khan in funding campaign for the Shaukat Khanum Hospital in 1993. He also managed in this regard to hold a huge public gathering program in the National Coaching Center Karachi. On winning of the World Cup, the Pasban under the leadership of Altaf Shakoor had arranged a huge reception rally at the airport.

PDP Chairman Altaf Shakoor had served as the President of the NED University Students Union. Sindh chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah is also a graduate of the same university and one of the friends of Altaf Shakoor. In 1996 Pasban had made the largest replica of cricket bat of the world at the time of the World Cup to support the Pakistan cricket team and it was inaugurated by the PPP Chief minister Syed Abdullah Shah. Pasban had also played a crucial role in ending the ban on pillion riding in Karachi to facilitate Karachiites. It has a solid track record of 40 years to serve this megacity and its citizens. It would welcome the role of being a mediator between Imran Khan and Murad Ali Shah in the large interests of the nation and country to avert a looming political crisis, the release concluded.

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