Murad denies issuing NOC for handing islands

Bureau Report

JACOBABAD: Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the province has never issued NOC to the federal government over Bundal and Buddo islands ownership. Talking to newsmen in Jacoababad, the CM Sindh said that the federal government sought our permission for the development of the islands. Sindh never issued NOC into the matter, Shah said and added that we asked the federal government what kind of development they want to carry out at the islands.
“We will never hold talks over the Pakistan Islands Development Authority Ordinance 2020.”
The Sindh government is the custodian of the land of the people. Replying to a query, he added that Police, Rangers and Pakistan Army wiped out terrorism from the country.
On opposition parties’ alliance, CM Murad said that all the parties are firmly united under the platform of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM). He added that a public gathering in Karachi on October 18, will pay homage to the martyrs of the Karsaz blast.
On August 30, the president had promulgated the ordinance for establishing the Pakistan Islands Development Authority for the “development and management of islands in internal and territorial waters of Pakistan.”
Meanwhile, Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday announced that as many as 241 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the province during the past 24-hours.
Giving a routine daily update over the virus tally in the province, the chief minister said that more than half of the COVID-19 cases in the province, that is 145 from total 241 new cases, were reported from Karachi during the duration.
In past 24 hours four more patients of COVID-19 have died, increasing death count in Sindh by the disease to 2566, the chief minister said.
So far, Sindh has reported 140,997 cases, the chief minister said. In last 24 hours 177 more patients of the disease have recovered to health and overall tally of recovered patients of coronavirus has reached to 1,33,651.
Sindh have overall 4780 active cases of coronavirus, while 188 patients have been in critical condition and 25 of them on ventilators, Murad Ali Shah said.
According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), 471 fresh infections surfaced when 28,022 samples were tested during this period, lifting the national tally of cases to 320,463.
Around 305,080 people have recovered from the disease so far across Pakistan with addition of 471 recoveries recorded over the previous 24 hours.
On Monday, Sindh Chief Minister said that the Covid-19 positivity rate has risen above 4 percent in Karachi in the last five days, urging people to cooperate with the authorities in following coronavirus precautionary measures.