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KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has announced a one-step upward promotion for the policeman killed during fight against the terrorist attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange, announcing Rs10 million compensation, promotion to next pay scale, two jobs in family, continuation of salary till the superannuation of the Shaheed policeman's family, and Rs5 million each for the three security guards who also laid their lives and a job in the police for each family.

"I also urged the PSX and the concerned bank whose security guards lost their lives will match the compensation as announced by him."

The CM was addressing a special ceremony on Tuesday organized at CPO paying tribute to the policemen and security guards who laid their lives and sustained multiple injuries while foiling the attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange on Monday.

The CM said the attack on PSX might have caused us more loss than the attack on World Trade Tower made by Osama Bin Laden. "Credit goes to the Sindh government which made recruitments in the police purely on merit, otherwise this bravery and timely action against the terrorist might have not taken place," chief minister said.

Shah said the terrorists who attacked PSX had come from another province. "I have already issued necessary directives to the law enforcement agencies in the law and order meeting I had chaired on Monday," he said and added "we have decided to strengthen PSE security."

Replying to a question, the chief minister said the provincial government was collecting withholding Tax on behalf of the federal government. "If the federal government wants his government to collect any tax, they would have to formally request the provincial government and the decision would be taken in consultation with our cabinet," he said and added the provincial government was ready to serve the federal government within the ambit of constitution of Pakistan.

To a question, the chief minister said the unilateral deduction of withholding tax on vehicles by the federal government was unconstitutional. Despite our repeated request and letter the deducted amount has not been returned so far, he lamented.

Talking about the salary structure of the Sindh police, the chief minister said they were better than other provinces.

Replying to a question about lockdown, the minister said that his government could not impose it unilaterally. "Now, Eid-ul-Azha is approaching and on this Eid virus may take a new turn of highs, if this kind of approach and attitude are continued then the virus would not die down in Pakistan even if it is eliminated in rest of the world," he said.

The chief minister presented 'Certificates of Gallantry' to the family members of the policemen who laid their lives and others who sustained injuries but did not allow the terrorists to attack the stock exchange.

Shah said the police were not only fighting against terrorists but some of them have been infected with Covid-19 while performing duties. "I am proud of you and you are our heroes," he said.

Earlier, the IG Police Mushtaq Maher delivering his welcome address said with the arrival of the chief minister to meet with the families of martyred policemen and security guards, the entire police force has been encouraged.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2020

Copyright Business Recorder, 2020