Sindh-Centre dispute over cities on islands intensify

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The dispute between the federation and the Sindh government over the construction of new cities on the islands have intensified.
The Sindh Chief Minister has decided to convene a meeting of the provincial cabinet on the issue of making new cities on the islands, sources said
An emergency meeting of the Sindh Cabinet will be held on October 6 (Today) evening under the chairmanship of Sindh Chief Minister, they said. The Sindh cabinet meeting will consider the issue of building new cities on the islands by the federal government and the Pakistan Island Development Authority Ordinance 2020.
It is to note that the federal government wants to build new cities on the Bhandar and Dangi islands off the coast of Sindh, whereas, PPP opposes seizure of marine land through presidential ordinance.PPP Senator Aijaz Dhamra has said that Pakistan People’s Party rejects Presidential Ordinance on Occupation of Marine Land. He said that Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has already said that we will not support any such ordinance. “PPP believes in provincial autonomy, will resist federal occupation of any province.”He said, “We will oppose this ordinance in every forum including Senate, National and Sindh Assembly and consider this ordinance issued by the federal government as an attack on the 18th amendment, which the people of Sindh will not tolerate at all.”
Dhamra asserted all parties including Pakistan People’s Party and those with democratic understanding will not tolerate this ordinance, Aajez Dhamra said.
A few days ago, President Alvi hadchaired a meeting at Governor House in Karachi to discuss the projects of Ravi City in Lahore and Bundal Island in Karachi with investors, real estate players and construction industry’s giants.
During the meeting, the investors had expressed their full satisfaction on the steps taken for the construction sector by Prime Minister Imran Khan. The president told the meeting that the Ravi City and Bundal Island projects were very much attractive for foreign investment and these projects would create various job opportunities.
However, the Sindh government is preparing itself to challenge the federal government’s move legally.