Will return Karachi to its former glory: Iftikhar Shallwani

Administrator Karachi, Iftikhar Ali Shallwani on Friday said that he was resolute that the megacity will return to its former glory, he said that positive changes were on the horizon and will prove beneficial for the citizens for a long time to come.

He was addressing a webinar hosted by Karachi Council on Foreign Relations (KCFR).

Shallwani said that by replacing an elected mayor, a lot is being expected of him not only by the public but also by Sindh and federal governments.

He said that the port city is “mini Pakistan” and as its population increases, so do its problems, adding that there is never a dull moment in administrating such a big city.

During the webinar, Shallwani talked about waste management, water supply, sewerage, transport and other issues of the city and also responded to questions of the members of KCFR.

The Karachi administrator said that he is grateful to the Sindh as well as the federal government for choosing him for such an important position. “Being a bureaucrat myself, I found cooperation and assistance from DCs, ACs, police and other agencies headed by other bureaucrats,” he said and added that he expected to see positive results in the metropolis soon.

He said that few Chinese companies are given contracts to collect waste and by and large, are doing a “good job” in this regard. However, few shortcomings have been pointed out, he added. Shallwani said that improving water supply to the citizens of Karachi is among his top priorities. However, a number of agencies including DHA, Cantonments, KMC, CDA, MDA, and others are involved before the water reaches the end-user but despite all odds, visible changes in this regard can be witnessed in the city.