Government vows to provide safety to workers of mining firms

Sindh Minister for Energy Imtiaz Ahmed Sheikh, while presiding over a meeting regarding the health and safety audit of Thar Coal Block-II and Block-I, said they were fully committed to providing all health and safety to workers of the mining firms engaged in the extraction of coal.

He said it was their paramount duty to ensure the security of all people engaged in the extraction and those whose lands came under coal mining in Islamkot taluka of Tharparkar. He said that massive coal reserves of Thar would soon change Pakistan as was envisioned by the late Pakistan People’s Party leader and former premier Benazir Bhutto.

“Benazir Bhutto envisioned and dreamed of bringing a revolution in the life of Tharis, and producing enough power from the coal reserves. Asif Ali Zardari then made it a big reality by undertaking mega projects in Thar,” he said. Sheikh added that the day was not so far when power plants being installed in Tharparkar would put an end to the power crisis in the country.

He said that the PPP government in Sindh under Syed Murad Ali Shah as the chief executive was making it possible to make a real change in the lifestyle of Tharis as per the directions of PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

Later, speaking to the media in his office on Sunday, Sheikh said that those who had pushed the country towards darkness and backwardness for their self-centred policies had a bleak political future. He said that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman and some of his aides wanted to create lawlessness in the country but hoped that all his moves would be foiled by the federal government.

He said that the country had already suffered a lot due to the incompetence of PTI rulers, and now such people should not be allowed to further damage its image by resorting to violence.

He said that being a provincial energy minister, he had been in contact with federal bodies to eliminate unnecessary power outages in Sindh and said his government would make joint decisions about the future of K-Electric.

Hanif Samoon is a senior journalist based at Thar/Badin and contributes reports from different districts of Sindh to Minute Mirror. He has won a number of awards, including the Agahi Award twice for his stories on health and child rights. He tweets @HanifSamoon1 and can be reached through email at

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