Rangers power issue would be solved: Sindh CM

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Sindh CM presents Rs 1043.135 bln annual budget for FY 2017-18

KARACHI, July 31 (APP): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, lauding the services and sacrifices of Rangers, has said that the issue of powers to the paramilitary force would be solved.

He was talking to the media after offering Fateha at Mazar-i-Quaid along with his cabinet members on Saturday, according to a handout issued here.

Replying to a question, the Chief Minister said that he has still not seen the file of Rangers powers. “Let me see their file and I would take decision – they are working with us and for us,” he added.

The Chief Minister condemned the attack on Rangers personnel in Larkana.

Syed Murad Ali Shah said that he had directed the IG Sindh police to arrest culprits of Larkana incident. “I want to see the terrorists behind bars – police action must be very much visible,” he added.

He said that over Rs.49 billion development budget has been released by July 22 which is a record in the history of Sindh. “This shows that how much attention I am giving to development,” he added.

The Chief Minister said that he had announced his priorities on the floor of the house in his first speech just after taking vote of confidence for the slot of chief minister. The priorities are the same, best law and order, good education, and best health services.

Replying to another question, he said that the new cabinet would perform well. “We all as a team would deliver, I assure the people of Sindh and also thank them for supporting PPP,” he said.

Earlier, presiding over a meeting of secretaries and heads of government departments at Chief Minister House, Syed Murad Ali Shah gave his policy line which include good governance, rule of law, merit-based transfer and postings and public welfare oriented policies.

The chief minister said that the development portfolio in the new budget was Rs200 billion. “I want you to be custodian of each and every penny allocated for development schemes and use them in the best interest of the people and province of Sindh,” he said and added that he would personally focus on utilisation of funds in a transparent manner.

Later, Syed Murad Ali Shah visited his predecessor Syed Qaim Ali Shah at his residence and had a luncheon-meeting the former had hosted for him.

Chief Secretary Siddique Memon and Principal Secretary Alamuddin Bullo were also accompanied by him.