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Share water for Karachi as they shared for Ibd2017/04/26
KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the Sindh government had allowed water for twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi subject to the condition that Karachi would also be given additional 1200 cusecs water for domestic use.
This he said while presiding over a preparatory meeting at New Secretariat in connection with CCI meeting to be held in Islamabad on April 28. The meeting was attended by provincial Minister for law Ziaul Hassan Lanjar, Special Assistant to CM on IPC Taimore Talpur, Chief secretary Rizwan Memon, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, Secretary Irrigation Syed Jamal Shah, Secretary Energy Agha Wasif, Secretary IPC department Aijaz Mangi, Secretary Forest Manzoor Shaikh and other concerned officers.
Secretary irrigation Syed Jamal Shah said that presently 1200 cusecs water from River Indus was required for K-IV project (Karachi), the requirement would reach to 1800 cusecs by 2020 and 2400 cusecs by 2025.
The chief minister said that the fresh requirement of water should be shared by all the provinces since Karachi has accommodated people from all the provinces. He added that all the provinces should share this requirement, the way the provincial governments did for carving out the share for Islamabad Rawalpindi.
Discussing the supply og gas to localities in five km radius of gas producing fields, Secretary Energy Agha Wasif said that there are 347 villages located near gas producing fields. The federal government is of the view that the provincial government should share the expenditures. He said that total cost of the gas connection to 347 villages would be Rs3591 million, out of which SSGC would invest Rs747 million and the remaining amount of Rs2844 million would be borne by Sindh government.
On this the chief minister reiterated his earlier stand that in pursuance of Supreme Court judgment and prime minister's directives the federal government should bear total cost of gas pipelines for villages located in five kilometers radius of gas producing fields.
He also said that he would manage to provide gas to other villages which are within the district of gas producing fields.
Talking about short supplies of water in Pat Feeder and Khirthar Canals, the secretary irrigation Jamal Shah said that the claim of Balochistan is not justified as there is no legal provision under 1991 water accord for monetary compensation on account of alleged short supplies of water. 
On this the chief minister said that he is ready to start third party monitoring with consensus of both the province. He also presented a report to the chief minister that 83 unauthorised outlets in Guddu Barrage command divert water to Balochistan which is in addition to their share.  
National Water Policy: Secretary Irrigation Jamal Shah said that Ministry of Water and Power has revised the draft National Policy on December 2, 2016. Only two points of Sindh irrigation department, "due to water shortage recycling arrangements are essential" have been incorporated in the revised policy. 
On this the chief minister said that the important points such as `securing katcha area and economy thereof, preserving of delta area by providing sufficient supplies regularly; rain water disposal arrangement in plains where it could not be disposed of or diverted in the river.
He also suggested another important point for evolving strong administrative machinery with judicial/ policing to assist provincial irrigation departments in proper delivery to have justice with the tail-enders. Water allocations sanctioned for the project have sanctity. These should not be changed. He added that for ensuring tail-enders right new law enabling special `water courts' if needed be established.
The chief minister also said that the affluent coming from Balochistan and Punjab have destroyed lands in Qambar-Shahdadkot and Ghotki dsitricts. This may be put on the agenda that no untreated affluent would be accepted. Therefore, there should a clear policy that the affluent draining down in the gravity to Sindh be treated first.
Secretary Energy Agha Wasif said that Sindh government may impose provincial tax on power plants using `Wind' as natural resource. On this Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that the Sindh government may claim `net profit' from the electricity generated through natural gas produced from the well located in Sindh irrespective of power plant location.
Establishment of Fiscal Coordination Committee: The Sindh government accords concurrence to the establishment of fiscal committee. This committee would provide a forum to highlight the unauthorized and arbitrary deductions made by FBR from Sindh government account.
The agenda of the CCI meeting to be held in Islamabad on April 28 includes matter pertaining to Higher Education and other similar bodies, formulation of National Flood Protection Plan IV, import of LNG, sixth population & Housing Census; National Forest Policy 2015; Amendment in the Regulation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power Act 1997; Supply of gas to localities/villages in five kilometer radius og gas producing fields, short supplies of water in Pat Feeder and Khirthar Canals, allocation of 1200 cusecs (650.5 MGD) additional water for Karachi city (K-IV) project and others. - NNI

Nisar approves new SOPs for delegates visiting for hunting2017/04/26
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Tuesday approved new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) relating to transportation of delegates and their staff, who visit Pakistan for hunting purpose. The SOPs, prepared by Ministry of Interior, have been dispatched to relevant Ministries, foreign embassies in Pakistan and Pakistani Missions abroad ...

Pak private sector keen to invest in Jordan2017/04/26
ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Tuesday said that private sector of Pakistan is keen to invest in Jordan adding that the latter can benefit from Pakistan's expertise in developing its textile sector.  
The President said this while talking to Faisal Akef El-Fayez, President of the Senate of Jordan who along-with a delegation called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad. Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani and ambassador of Jordan Nawaf Khalifeh Saraireh were also present on the occasion.
The President emphasized to transform friendly traditional relations between Pakistan and Jordan into strong economic partnership to the mutual benefit of two countries. The President stated that Pakistan and Jordan enjoy close brotherly relations embedded in shared history, beliefs and culture.
The President stated that Pakistan accords great importance to its relations with Jordan and welcomed the cooperation that both countries extend to each other at regional and international fora. He said that Pakistan offers profitable opportunities for investment in its various sectors and called upon Jordanian entrepreneurs to benefit from it. 
The President stressed upon utilizing the platform of Organization of Islamic Cooperation to forge unity among Muslim Ummah and to address challenge being confronted by it.
President Mamnoon Hussain appreciated that the government and people of Jordan have always stood by Pakistan in its difficult hour. The President lauded the Jordanian government on providing shelter to hapless refugees of Syria.
The President expressed gratitude that Jordan has assured of its support to Pakistan for memberships of Human Rights Council of United Nations, Board of Governors of International Energy Agency, International Telecommunication Unit and Economic and Social Council.
The President apprised that each year under Pakistan Technical Assistance Programme, Pakistan allocates 31 seats for Jordanian students in different educational institutions in the fields of pharmacy, dentistry and engineering. He hoped that these students will play a role of bridge to bring the two countries further closer.
The President said that there should be regular exchange of cultural, educational and trade delegations between the two countries to enhance people-to-people contacts. The President called for exploring avenues of cooperation to further enhance defense ties between the two countries and also appreciated the government of Jordan for providing F-16 aircrafts to Pakistan in 2015.
President of the Senate of Jordan, Faisal Akef El-Fayez said that Jordan and Pakistan have strong bilateral relations and his country is keen to further expand cooperation in various fields. He stated that Jordan wants to benefit from Pakistan's expertise in various sectors. He lauded the role and sacrifices of Pakistan in fight against terrorism and extremism and both countries share mutual perception in rooting out this menace.
The President expressed his best wishes for King Abdullah and also extended an invitation to visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience.
Meanwhile, President Mamnoon Hussain on Tuesday said that Pakistan offers excellent incentives for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and asked the Ambassador-designate to brief the business community in Denmark about the opportunities in Pakistan, especially in the field of renewable energy.
The President was talking to Ambassador-designate of Pakistan to Denmark Syed Zulfiqar Haider Gardezi who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad.
Congratulating the Ambassador-designate on his new responsibility, the President highlighted that, "Although volume of bilateral trade between Pakistan and Denmark has been steadily growing there is a need for further enhancement of our exports to Denmark, both in the conventional and non-conventional items."
The President hoped that his appointment will further strengthen Pakistan-Denmark relations in all spheres. The President noted that, "Pakistan and Denmark enjoy warm and cordial relations and the two countries support each other's candidatures at various international fora." 
He emphasized that Ambassador-designate should make efforts to obtain support for Pakistan's candidature to the Human Rights Council for the term 2018-2020.
The President pointed out that, "Parliamentarians and think tanks play an important role in the formulation of policies of any government." Thus, he advised the Ambassador-designate to make serious efforts to reach out to these segments of the Danish society with a view to brief them on developments in Indian-occupied Kashmir and Afghanistan.
The President also urged to highlight the soft image of Pakistan. He directed the Ambassador-designate to provide efficient consular services to the members of the Pakistani diaspora and to remain in touch with them to keep abreast with their issues and problems.
The President wished Ambassador-Designate success in discharge of his new assignment and asked him to convey his best wishes and greetings to Queen Margrethe-II of Denmark. - NNI

Was offered Rs10bn to abandon Panama Case2017/04/26
PESHAWAR: Opposition leader Imran Khan has made a startling claim that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government had offered him a hefty sum of Rs10 billion to withdraw from the Panama Papers case.
Addressing a gathering of party leaders and workers after visiting the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital in Peshawar, Khan said if Sharif's government had so much money at its disposal to make such an offer to a single person, one could only imagine how much it could have offered to the authorities investigating the Panama Papers case ...

Pak committed to objectives of Saarc Charter2017/04/26
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said that Pakistan attaches great importance to South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and wishes to see it as a vibrant regional organization; and is committed to the principles and objectives of the SAARC Charter.
He was talking to Foreign Minister of Maldives Dr ...

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