KARACHI: President Dr Arif Alvi “requested” the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf-led federal government and Pakistan Peoples Party’s government in Sindh to “maintain the cooperative atmosphere” for at least next three years, which would see the spending of a massive Rs1.1 trillion package for development in Karachi.
The president sounded confident and optimistic about the future course of relations between the two rival parties when he referred to a “silver lining” after the recent rains that played havoc on the infrastructure of Karachi and other major cities leading to what he called an “excellent package” with the consent of both sides.
“Both the federal and provincial governments have devised an excellent package for Karachi,” he said in his brief address to the media here on the premises of Mazar-i-Quaid, where he came to offer fateha on the occasion of the death anniversary of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
Accompanied by Sindh Governor Imran Ismail and Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, the president was very much hopeful about the execution and completion of all the projects proposed under the recently announced Karachi Transformation Plan by the prime minister and hinted at a growing understanding between the centre and the province on the issue.
“We need to dispel this impression that the funds or packages are always just mere announcements,” he said. “I believe with this heavy rain, there’s a silver lining that the projects under the Rs1.1tr fund would be completed within three years. I request both provincial and federal governments to maintain this understanding for next three years so the development projects of Karachi are completed with success.”