Mustafa Kamal complains govt on being unheard

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Representative Paksarzameen Party (PSP) Mustafa Kamal complained government on being unheard.

Referring to the lack of provision of human rights to people of Thar, he said that government is merely working to facilitate public of bigger cities and is negating the rights of people living in areas such as Thar.

He protested against the Sindh Local Government (Amendment) Bill- 2021 and mentioned that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is working against the progress of country. In past Karachi was made hub of various internal disputes.

He said that the new generation is becoming extremist. He had expected a difference in governance of Bilawal but it is even worse than that of Zardari.

Moreover, Mustafa said that still an old system of landlorship is being followed in Sindh. The powers of local governments have been hijacked. People in Sindh are facing lack of gas, water, and food. Karachi is the hub of country while people who are living in Karachi are suffering from shortage of basic necessities.

Mustafa said that we have been talking about the problems faced by poor people of Karachi while the provincial government of Sindh has never taken any favorable step towards solution of people specifically of Karachi. Provincial government has taken away powers from local government through amendment in local government bill, he added.

Earlier in December, Sindh Assembly had approved Sindh Local Government (Amendment) Bill-2021 amid opposition’s ruckus.

The amended bill of the new LG system was tabled in the Sindh Assembly by provincial LG minister Nasir Hussain Shah. As the session was marred with sloganeering, the legislators from the government managed to pass the Sindh Local Government (Amendment) Bill-2021.

Opposition members tore the copies of the agenda when the house gave clause-by-clause approval to the bill.

According to the provisions of the amendment bill, towns will be set up in 6 divisional headquarters of Sindh including Karachi. The chairmen of towns and municipal committees will be elected through a show of hands. Clause to hold election of chairpersons of local body councils by secret ballot was withdrawn.

In the Local Government Amendment Bill, local body councils have been given powers in the affairs of 9 provincial departments and local government councils will also be included in the affairs of Sindh Police.

According to the bill, the SSP will be bound to liaise with the concerned local body chairman and police officers will report to the local council on police matters and law and order. Local government representatives will not have the power in prosecution, police administration and criminal cases.

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