‘Bundle Island will surpass Dubai with $50 billion investment’
The statement came a day after the Sindh government retracted its earlier decision to hand over two islands off Karachi's coast to the Centre.
The Bundle Island project will “surpass Dubai” after it is developed into a city with an investment of around $50 billion, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail said on Thursday.
Imran addressed a news conference in Islamabad after meeting Prime Minister Imran Khan to discuss the matters related to the islands’ development off Karachi’s coast.
— PTI (@PTIofficial) October 8, 2020
The prime minister has commanded the Sindh governor to sort out all the issues relating to Bundle Island with the provincial government.
“Bundle island is a part of Sindh, and the federal government is not going to take it over,” the governor said while dispelling the perception that the PTI-led government is trying to “occupy it.”
The statement came a day after the Sindh government retracted its earlier decision to hand over two islands off Karachi’s coast to the Centre.
The cat is out of the bag.
All can see how hypocritical PPP leadership is.
No unconstitutional steps have been taken on Bundle Island. Attached is a letter dtd July 2020 issued by the Sindh Govt!
For the record, island’s come under PQA coordinates. Notified port area below https://t.co/tiTsvco2Mz pic.twitter.com/DccY0DNQny
— Ali Haider Zaidi (@AliHZaidiPTI) October 6, 2020
Consequently, the Sindh government faced the wrath of rights activists, civil society members, and other voices from within the province in the wake of the federal maritime affairs minister’s revelation that the PPP-led administration had itself given its consent to the move in July this year.
The Maritime Affairs Minister Ali Haider Zaidi, who was also present in the press conference, said the federal government would take all the stakeholders on board to develop the new city on the island. He said the development project was being initiated to benefit the people of Sindh.
Governor Imran said a working group would be formed comprising representatives from provincial and federal governments and other relevant authorities.
Bundle Island, he said, will increase the revenue of the Sindh government and create job opportunities, saying it will be turned into a tourist destination.
“I will hold a meeting with Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah and address reservations of the Sindh government over the project,” he added.
The federal government’s recent announcement of developing new cities on Bundle and Buddo Islands, also known as Bhandar and Dingi Islands in the local jargon, has left thousands in the fishing communities worried.
President Dr. Arif Alvi promulgated the ordinance on August the 31st.
However, the issue came into limelight when PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari shared its copy on Twitter, denouncing the move and comparing the “illegal annexation” of the islands to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s actions in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
The Pakistan People’s Party will oppose the illegal annexation of Sindh’s Islands through Presidential ordinance by the PTI government. I ask how is this act any different to Modi’s actions in occupied Kashmir? Move will be opposed in National, Provincial Assembly & the Senate. pic.twitter.com/4gtwSTMna8
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) October 5, 2020
On Tuesday, the Sindh cabinet unanimously rejected the ordinance and called upon the federal government to withdraw it at once.
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