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December 14, 2008


Filed under: Uncategorized — fawadalishah @ 1:27 pm

Talibanisation not just Karachi’s problem: Shazia

* Information minister says president has assured new NFC award will be issued soon

By Fawad Ali Shah

KARACHI: The president believes that extremism is a national phenomenon and Talibanisation cannot be specified only to Karachi, said Sindh Minister of Information Shazia Marri while addressing a press conference at the Sindh Secretariat on Friday.

Provincial Minister for Welfare and Population Nargis ND Khan accompanied her.

She was briefing the reporters on the daylong activities of the president. She said the president presided over a meeting of the Sindh cabinet after which he addressed the members of the provincial assembly.

She said that the federal government believed that terrorism should be eradicated from all parts of the country.

She said that extremists are present in the entire country and Karachi is no different, however it is a general phenomenon, she said.

About the target killings in the city she said that anti-democratic elements were involved in it. President Asif Ali Zardari while presiding over the meeting of the Sindh provincial cabinet has vowed that the federal government will soon issue a new National Finance Commission (NFC) award, as per requirements of the constitution of Pakistan, she said.

She said that the president had assured the Sindh provincial cabinet members that the new committee formed for the purpose will soon complete its work.

The minister said that president was also briefed about the poor water situation in the province. She said all the ministers discussed their projects with the president.

The president also held a meeting with the members of the business community, she added. She said that while addressing the members of the provincial assembly the president stressed on the need for reconciliation and unity.

In a meeting with the members of the business community he assured them of his full support, she said. She said that different development projects like building of roads, dams and women empowerment were also discussed with the president in the cabinet meeting.

She said that the president wants to solve all the disputes through a process of national reconciliation. She informed the reporters that there were many options on the table regarding the restoration of commissioner system. The decision will be taken after taking all the stakeholders in to confidence. However, she said that the issue was not discussed with the president. She said that the president lauded the role of the media and hoped media will continue to play a positive role.


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