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Ethics Lost – Murtaza Wahab, Saeed Ghani, Shehla Raza resigned or not..?



KARACHI:  Although, there is always a moral-ground that if one resigns from any post or quit ay assigned responsibility, he/she doesn’t dare to continue working on the same post until their resignations tendered are officially pronounced ‘rejected’.

Unfortunately, in Sindh politics, there is no ethics for ruling elite to follow morality or show grace.

The Sindh province is the only province where politicians befool poor public by hollow slogans, fake commitments, tall claims etc. However, no one ever bothers to ensure compliance on what they (politicians) say or announce.

In August 2022, Sindh Minister for Labour and Human Resources Saeed Ghani had resigned from the Sindh cabinet to participate in the upcoming local government elections.

Soon after in a tweet, Saeed Ghani – who is also the Karachi President of the PPP – noted that his resignation was not accepted yet. PPP leadership and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah will approve the resignation.

Morally and ethically, after tendering resignation, Saeed Ghani is not supposed to get hold of the portfolio of labour and human resources until final decision is made on his resignation.

Within an hour Saeed Ghani resigned, another PPP leader and Sindh Minister for Women Development Department Shehla Raza also resigned from her post saying that she wanted to lead political campaign of the party during local government elections.

In a tweet, Shehla Raza said that she had submitted her resignation to the Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah.

Interestingly, neither her resignation is accepted or rejected however she is enjoying the portfolio, heavy perks and privileges despite resignation.

Most interestingly, PPP’s soft-spoken leader, Barrister Murtaza Wahab who is also Advisor to Chief Minister for Law and Spokesman of Sindh Government and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Administrator, also resigned from the post of administrator after decision of the Sindh High Court (SHC) restricting the corporation from collecting tax in power bills.

While making his resignation too much touchy, Barrister Murtaza Wahab held a press conference. He also posted his resignation on social media handles. “I worked tirelessly day in and day out but there is no appreciation for the work I did”, he had said.


Sindh Solid Waste Management Board starts paying for garbage disposal in Pak Rupees



KARACHI: With an aim to lower the financial burden on the provincial exchequer, the Sindh Solid Waste Management Board (SSWMB) started to pay private companies contracted for garbage disposal in the city in local currency instead of US dollars.

In this regard, Managing Director SSWMB Syed Imtiaz Ali Shah held a meeting with representatives of the private firms responsible for disposal of garbage in the city and apprised them of the decisions made by the steering committee of the Board.

The meeting deliberated upon the new plan of garbage disposal in the city before the expiry of the contracts made with private firms for solid waste management on district West, Malir, Keamari and East.

It was informed in the meeting that the negotiation with the contracting firms for payment in local currency had already been started.

The representatives of the private firms working in district Malir, West and Keamari informed the meeting that the verification of the staff and vehicles had been completed through a third party, while the verification was still going on in district East.

The managing-director directed the officials concerned to take steps to further improve efficiency in the new operational plan.

He asked the officials to make union committee-wise operational plan, containing complete details of daily waste volume, transport, machinery, staff and all resources to further improve the door-to-door waste collection services.

He also directed the private companies to pay the salaries of their respective staff on time. Mr Shah said that the operational plan should also include training of the staff, the strategy of separate collection of waste and date of people who picked garbage illegally.

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SBCA launches crackdown against illegal structures in Karachi



KARACHI: The Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) has initiated massive crackdown against illegal constructions in different parts of the city, resulting in demolition of numerous buildings, marriage halls etc.

In a recent operation against illegal constructions in Karachi’s district Central, SBCA officials also came under firing, however, SBCA officials proceeded with the operation and demolished the fourth floor of the targeted building.

Director General of SBCA Abdul Rasheed Solangi has instructed the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Central to apprehend the culprits immediately and file a case against those involved in the firing.

Abdul Rasheed Solangi emphasized the need for fearless enforcement actions against illegal constructions and commended the SBCA staff for their dedication and honesty. He assured them of full support in facing any challenges during their duties.

Abdul Rasheed Solangi along with the demolition squad has bulldozed more than four buildings in areas including Essa Nagri, Paposh Nagar, and Gulberg. Moreover, over 13 illegal portions have been demolished in areas including Saddar Town, Jamshed Town, Gulberg, and Gulshan-e-Iqbal.

Director General of SBCA Abdul Rasheed Solangi is personally supervising the crackdown against illegal constructions. The provincial government is committed to cleansing Karachi from all forms of illegal constructions, the DG adds.

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Sindh CS, British Deputy High Commissioner vow to strengthen bilateral relations, work for environmental challenges



KARACHI: British Deputy High Commissioner Sarah Mooney met with Chief Secretary Sindh Syed Asif Hyder Shah at the Sindh Secretariat on Wednesday to discuss enhancing bilateral relations between Pakistan and the United Kingdom.

During the meeting, Chief Secretary Sindh Syed Asif Hyder Shah briefed the British Deputy High Commissioner on the ongoing efforts in infrastructure development, water supply, sewage, and governance in Sindh. He stated that the Sindh government is actively working on improving water supply, sewage, and road infrastructure to accommodate Karachi’s growing population.

“Pakistan, although only contributing less than 1 percent to global greenhouse gas emissions, is one of the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change.” Said CS Sindh

He highlighted that Pakistan incurred a loss of $32 billion from the 2022 floods and is vulnerable to future environmental risks, underscoring the urgent need for proactive measures to mitigate such disasters.

Furthermore, he expressed concerns about the adverse effects of environmental changes on the River Indus. Chief Secretary Sindh Syed Asif Hyder Shah informed that the federal-level Living Indus project has been initiated, after consultation with environmental experts, stakeholders, and provincial governments. He expressed a desire for technical assistance from the British government to address environmental changes.

Syed Asif Hyder Shah also mentioned investment opportunities in energy, investment, and agriculture sectors in Sindh for British investors. British Deputy High Commissioner Sarah Mooney expressed interest in collaborating on the Living Indus project and other projects related to environment. Chief Secretary Sindh presented traditional souvenir to the British Deputy High Commissioner.

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