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December 31, 2007

CM says ‘all’s well’ in Sindh, more ‘wellness’ expected today

Opinion

December 31, 2007

Karachi Life is returning to normal and the situation in the province improved considerably on Sunday, while there are chances of further improvements on Monday, caretaker Sindh Chief Minister Justice (Retd) Abdul Qadir Halepoto told journalists on Sunday. The assistance of Rangers and the army was sought by the Sindh government to control the lawlessness in the province which had started soon after reports of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairperson, Benazir Bhutto’s death came in Thursday evening, Halepoto said. This, the CM claimed, had a positive impact and some traffic has resumed, while many shops have reopened and items of daily use have become available again. The chief minister said that three trains had left Sukkur last night to transport stranded passengers upcountry. Four special trains with Rangers and police were also dispatched on Sunday from Karachi, so that damaged tracks and signals could be repaired and train services could be resumed. Petrol stations would reopen completely from Monday, the CM said. He appealed to political parties and their workers to remain peaceful, exercise restraint, and take no steps that could affect public and private property and harm the economy. Halepoto said that FIRs would be lodged against miscreants, and action is being taken against them, while more than 300 arrests were made till Saturday evening. Moreover, a survey would be conducted all over the province to asses the damage before decisions for compensation are taken.

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