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January 10, 2012

Govt to form committee on Lyariites’ problems

National

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Web Desk
January 10, 2012

The Sindh government has decided to form a committee to look into the grievances of the people of Lyari, who fought police last Friday to march towards the Bilawal House to register a protest against the indifference of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leaders towards their area.
The chief minister’s secretary, Dr Ata Panhwar, would work as the focal person who would remain in touch with the activists of Lyari. Local Government Minister Agha Siraj Durrani and Home Minister Manzoor Wassan will visit the city’s old area when the session of the Sindh Assembly concludes.
These and other decisions were taken at a meeting of the Lyari activists, led by Zafar Baloch, with the Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, at the Chief Minister’s House. The LG minister and home minister also attended the meeting.
Talking to The News on Monday, Zafar Baloch, who had led last week’s protest rally, said the provincial chief executive assured him their grievances would be addressed. Baloch said that PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and President Asif Zardari had taken notice of the protest and subsequent police action against it.
The government has announced a Rs3 billion uplift package for Lyari, but there are question marks over its transparent execution. The chief minister took notice of alleged corruption in it. Baloch said one of their demands pertained to the non-availability of doctors and faculty at the Lyari General Hospital. He said half of the population of Balochistan visited the hospital, but there were no doctors.
There were several primary schools without teachers. Their demand was to appoint teachers on merit but candidates should be selected from Lyari only. Shah directed the commissioner of Karachi to look into this problem. Zafar Baloch said the workers of the PPP had been ignored during distribution of rickshaws and plots.

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