Govt moves SC to empower Karachi’s local representatives - Pakistan Today

Govt moves SC to empower Karachi’s local representatives

–Asad Umar says metropolis needs an effective government to stand on its feet

KARACHI: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar on Sunday said that the federal government has moved the Supreme Court (SC) to empower local representatives for the betterment of Karachi.

Addressing a gathering in the provincial capital, the minister said that the betterment of the city is the foremost priority of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

He said that the local government law in Sindh does not meet the requirements of the constitution. “It is a law that denies empowerment to local representatives, and Karachi needs a government having administrative, financial and political powers”.

“To keep Karachi standing on its feet it needs an effective local government,” Umar said. “The government has moved the apex court for the betterment of Karachi and a constitutional petition has been filed in the court by the prime minister and me as petitioners,” he added.

He urged for a local government in Karachi under Article 140-A of the constitution to ensure a local council system having financial and political powers.

On Saturday, the federal planning minister had said that “Naya Pakistan” is not possible without “Naya Karachi”.

He had said that “Naya Karachi” would be formed under the guidance of the prime minister. He had added that a new local system should be put into practice in which the people of Karachi have equal power and resources.

On February 18, the federal minister had said that the new local government system and extension of discretionary powers to Karachi was the only way to resolve longstanding issues of the city.

The minister had said that a number of projects in Karachi could not be completed due to the intervention and weak policies of the Sindh government. The people of Karachi must have an LG system so that the task of development and other infrastructure could be accomplished, he had added.

Commenting on Karachi Circular Railways (KCR) and Green Line projects, he had said that it was the responsibility of the provincial government but the centre was also trying to provide necessary help to run the KCR and Green Line.

About the apex court’s orders for ML-1 project, Umar had said that it would be difficult to finish this mega project within two years.

On February 7, Umar had said that the federal government would soon release at least Rs35 billion for the development of Karachi.

Talking to journalists, he had said that Karachi was Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) city and denied the impression that the government was fast-tracking the projects in Karachi under Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s (MQM-P) pressure.