Engr Mansoor Ahmed
The Mayor of Karachi Waseem Akhtar has presented a 100-day performance report on cleanliness drive in the city and blamed the Sindh government for restraining his powers. Waseem Akhtar became Mayor of Karachi on August 24, 2016. He was home minister of Sindh on 12 May 2007 when deadliest riots and a series of violent clashes took place which resulted in a number of deaths. His party MQM has been ruling the urban areas of Sindh particularly Karachi, Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas since long.
His party fellows Dr. Farooq Sattar (1988-1992) and Syed Mustafa Kamal (2005-2010) have served as Mayor of Karachi. The MQM shared and enjoyed power nearly in each and every regime. This is very sad state of affairs that Karachi was turning into rubbish bin and no one paid attention including Waseem Akhtar in the past. Garbage has piled since many years while the city faced ethnic and sectarian conflicts, crimes, political unrest and violence. Unfortunately, there was no one great man like Waseem Akhtar for giving target of one hundred (100) days. In reality, all political forces and governments of the past are equally responsible to damage the city.
The oppressed and browbeaten people of rural Sindh have been lacking basic needs of safe drinking water, health, education and shelter. Karachi was the “City of Lights” in the 1960s and 1970s for its vibrant nightlife which now has been covered with trash. I think Karaachites are also obliged, besides the government, to get themselves involved in the cleanliness drive keeping in view the saying of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) that “cleanliness is half faith.” Waseem Akhtar should focus on his existing powers rather than crying. Not all work requires funds but it needs will and planning. Lighting in the city, beautification of parks, action against ghost employees and schools are other burning issues to be resolved by the city government.