Nawaz leaves Karachi. No discussion on Rangers issues

PM Nawaz leaves Karachi. No discussion on Rangers issues

Nawaz leaves Karachi. No discussion on Rangers issues KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Karachi on Monday, accompanied by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Water and Power and Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and Trade and Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir, but left without meeting the chief minister or the governor on the issue of Rangers’ powers. Earlier, circles close to the PML-N appeared optimistic that Sharif will hold a meeting with Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad on the discord between the centre and Sindh over Rangers’ powers. An official press release about the premier’s visit said: “PM Nawaz Sharif will visit Karachi on Monday (today). He will have three official engagements: visit Port Qasim Authority to review development plans of the authority; review Port Qasim’s power project and address an FPCCI function.” The prime minister left for Port Qasim Authority (PQA) soon after CM Shah received him at Karachi airport as per the official protocol.At PQA, Sharif reviewed development plans of the authority and progress of ongoing projects. Chairman PQA Agha Jan Akhtar and Secretary Ports and Shipping Khalid Pervaiz briefed the premier about different ongoing projects executed by the authority. In a light conversation with a Chinese engineer supervising the development of a 1, 320MW coal-based power project, the premier asked the official to ensure the project is completed by Dec 2017. The prime minister had himself laid foundation of the project, to be completed at a cost of $1.5 billion, Radio Pakistan reported. It is the first power project being [...]