Controversial LG Act: Pak Sarzameen Party holds sit-in near Sindh CM House

Controversial LG Act: Pak Sarzameen Party holds sit-in near Sindh CM House

Controversial LG Act: Pak Sarzameen Party holds sit-in near Sindh CM House

Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) Chief Mustafa Kamal addresses a rally outside Sindh Chief Minister House on Sunday. Image courtesy: YouTube

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Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) Chief Mustafa Kamal on Sunday announced a sit-in outside Sindh Chief Minister (CM) House against the controversial local government (LG) Act.

He was leading a rally, which culminated at Fawwarah Chowk near the Sindh Chief Minister House, where he announced to convert the rally into a sit-in.

Kamal said they would not end the sit-in until the Sindh Chief Minister would not listen to them.

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He said that the Karachiites had stood against the controversial and black law of the Sindh Government.

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Kamal maintained that the PPP has adopted a discriminatory attitude with Karachi and was depriving the metropolis and its inhabitants of their constitutional rights.

He demanded the provincial government to transfer the power to grass root level so that the problems of the masses could be resolved.

He further said that all powers of Karachi mayor had been snatched and made him powerless and dependent to the provincial government.

Earlier, the Jamaat e Islami (JI) on Friday announced to end its protest after 29 days, as the Sindh government agreed to accept its demands regarding amendments in the Sindh Local Government Act.

The decision in this regard was taken in a meeting between a delegation of the Sindh government led by Provincial Local Bodies Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah and JI leadership including JI Karachi Chief Hafiz Naeem and MPA Syed Abdul Rasheed. Pakistan Peoples Party’s Dr Asim Hussain and Waqar Mehdi were also present on this occasion.

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The JI and Sindh government have reached an agreement according to which Sindh Local Bodies Act, 2013, would be amended to give more powers to city mayors. Several important departments including health, education and tax would be under the local government.

They also agreed that local bodies elections would be held 90 days after amendment in the law. The Sindh government promised to establish provincial finance commission. Mayors and town chairmen would be members of the commission.

Addressing on this occasion, Hafiz Naeem said participants of the sit-in protest had amazed not just 350 million people of Karachi, but the entire country. TV anchors, analysts and reporters were also surprised watching steadfastness of the JI activists as they thought that they would not be able to stage the sit-in beyond few days amid cold weather.

 

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