KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Information and Irrigation, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro has urged Chief of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf to seek public apology for keeping nation confused on basis of his unfounded allegations about rigging in polls – 2013.
Addressing a press conference here Thursday, following change in his portfolio from education to information in the Sindh cabinet, the senior PPP leader said dismissal of PTI complaint by a judicial commission comprising senior most members of apex court must settle the matter for good.
“There is dire need to focus on issues related to masses and their well being,” said senior minister of Sindh emphasizing that democratic stability was key to achieve the goal of social well being among the masses.
Acknowledging that this was his first press conference after assuming his responsibilities as Sindh Minister for Information and Irrigation, he said irrigation department was fully vigilant of emerging flood situation in its riverain areas.
Things, he said are under absolute control and that 300,000 to 400,000 cusec is flowing under Guddu Barrage against 1.2 million cusecs to 1.3 million cusecs in 2010 floods.
On the basis of information provided by concerned officials, he said flood water ranging between 500,000 cusecs to 600,000 cusecs is expected to pass through other sites.
“Given the situation and more for the sake of precaution leave granted to staffers and officials of provincial irrigation department has been canceled,” said Khuhro.
He also mentioned that Chief Engineers as well as Superintendent Engineers have also been directed to visit the barrages and embankments as well as other relevant installations on regular basis so as to take immediate notice and avert any unexpected situation.
In reply to a query, he said relief camps have already been setup for the inhabitants of the flood prone areas where all required facilities are in place including provision for food and water besides medical assistance.
To another query, he said cultivators in Sindh had to face massive loss during past three years mainly due to water shortage and the provincial government was committed to ensure theft of water released into the canals is prevented at every cost.
Sindh irrigation department would expedite its efforts to provide water in accordance to the need of rice and wheat cultivators, said the minister for irrigation.
Nisar Ahmed Khuhro on the occasion said he would personally ensure to develop a relation based on mutual confidence and respect between government and the media.
All genuine complaints of the journalists would be addressed and they would be duly facilitated in their professional obligations, he said.