KARACHI: Pakistan Prime Minister
has unveiled a financial package worth Rs1.1 trillion to address the chronic municipal and infrastructure issues of Karachi, the country’s financial hub, after record-breaking
rains caused widespread devastation in the city and left at least 60 people dead. The rainfall spell which started in July and continued into August totally exposed the poor civic infrastructure including the drainage system of the city, prompting the federal government to take notice of the protests and complaints of the
Khan, who visited Karachi on Saturday, unveiled the financial package at a joint press conference with the
Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and Governor, Imran Ismail.
While Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf () party rules the centre and
and Baluchistan provinces, the Opposition Pakistan Peoples Party governs the southern Sindh province.
There had been a heated exchange of allegations by the ministers and Sindh government officials over who is responsible for the pathetic civic condition of Karachi.
The Prime Minister has formed a “Karachi Committee” which includes the PPP and other opposition party members and has said they will deal with Karachi’s problems together.
Khan said all stakeholders will be involved in its implementation.
“The package we have brought for Karachi is historic,” he said.