Commissionerate system approved by Sindh Assembly amidst MQM protest

Published: July 13, 2011
Session chaired by Shehla Raza approves local govt system, MQM says federation is trying to divide the Sindh province. PHOTO: APP/INP

Session chaired by Shehla Raza approves local govt system, MQM says federation is trying to divide the Sindh province. PHOTO: APP/INP

KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly approved the commissionerate system on Wednesday amidst a dramatic display of protest by leaders of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).

The session chaired by Speaker Shehla Raza also approved the Sindh Local Government Ordinance 1979, the Sindh Police Act 1861 and the Land Revenue Ordinance, 2011.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Faisal Sabzwari said that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is trying to impose its agenda and not allowing them to speak up in the Sindh Assembly.

“Our resignations should be accepted – it is the government’s behaviour that has forced us to demand a place in the Opposition benches,” he said.

However, the deputy speaker asked them to sit on the government benches till their resignations are approved.

The session has been adjourned till July 22.

MQM protests local govt bill

Speaking to the media outside the Sindh Assembly MQM leader Faisal Sabzwari said that the MQM had walked out of the session to protest the PPP’s agenda.

He said that the MQM had requested a Sindh Assembly session to protest the violence in Karachi. He added that police did not take any action against target killings, and people were targeted and shot dead in front of the media in broad daylight.

He further added that all “unlawful acts have been approved in the session today”.

He said that the MQM’s  adjournment motions were not considered in the session and that the party was not allowed to speak.

He added that the MQM would foil the government’s attempt to divide the province of Sindh.

He further said that “fake cases”  were lodged against MQM members, and that the PP was trying to victimise its workers.


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Reader Comments (36)

  • Jul 13, 2011 - 12:21PM

    System from 1800s. Democracy is the best revenge.


  • Ali Turk
    Jul 13, 2011 - 12:33PM

    So MQM sat on treasury benches and their adjournment motions were not considered!. It is getting interesting….


  • Nasir Jamal
    Jul 13, 2011 - 12:34PM

    The bulldozing of the commissionerate system from the Sindh Assembly will create bitterness in the Urban and Rural Sindh.


  • H
    Jul 13, 2011 - 12:57PM

    1861 … im glad we going forward and modernizing ourselvesRecommend

  • alQalandar
    Jul 13, 2011 - 1:13PM

    Until we get a better system, what is wrong with the old one?


  • shahid
    Jul 13, 2011 - 1:14PM

    democracy ,itself a system 1800 still working in world . System of Commissionerate still working in India ,,,,, it is not only Sindh but all provinces of Pakistan abolished LG system introduced by Mushraf. Well Done PPP


  • Imran
    Jul 13, 2011 - 1:26PM

    what is your DOB ? … why don’t you update your DOB on daily basis in order to modernize yourself ?


  • Salman Orangiwala
    Jul 13, 2011 - 1:42PM

    It is obvious whatever MQM, the represantative of the Urban Sindh , proposes, will be bulldozed and demolished with sheer force of the so called Majority .

    So the plight of Urban Sindh will be getting a deaf ear ….but for how long ?

    Do we need a separate province to be heard , to solve out our long lingered problems ?

    Why there will always be a Chief Minister from Rural Sindh and why none ever from Karachi ?

    Why …………………????


  • ZEE Khan
    Jul 13, 2011 - 1:46PM

    what kind of democracy we are running it is a shame , See the world where it is now , first they kills people than pressure them to except their views than passes the so called Commissioner bills. This the Black day in the history in Sindh i would say. Hitler soul is very happy the Bill has passed.


  • MAD
    Jul 13, 2011 - 1:49PM


    what is wrong is that the old one had already been replaced by a better system and now we’ve gone back to the old one.


  • MAD
    Jul 13, 2011 - 1:50PM

    @Salman Orangiwala:

    Cause the basic requirement for being chief minister is the inability to read write or communicate in any meaningful manner.


  • Asmat Jamal
    Jul 13, 2011 - 2:07PM

    MQM is not much appreciated by other ethnicities being too myopic and politically narrow based, however its protest against the commissionerate system has merit. Bureaucracy is too corrupt to be empowered so much. They have failed in the past and are not likely to do any good in the future. ‘
    It is amazing that a government which came to power through votes, sublets and outsources running of government to bureaucracy against people’s will.Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jul 13, 2011 - 2:17PM

    Shame, Shame, Shame, Shame, Shame, Shame, Shame, Shame, Shame, Shame, Shame.


  • Ed
    Jul 13, 2011 - 3:08PM

    Sindh assembly has shamefully re-introduced a system which was designed by a colonial power to subdue and control its subjects. The manner they want to run the province by is exactly the one that the fuedal mindset imposes on its peasant subjects in rural Sindh. Thier style of rule is “fear and coercion”, like they did to the PMLQ. However, in MQM’s case, there are two differences that they haven’t taken into account:

    i) MQM may have been accused of a lot of things BUT NOT CORRUPTION. They will not find a case such as Moonis Elahi’s to blackmail MQM.

    ii) MQM has persevered through military operations, political victimization and much more. It has seen countless of its supporters sacrificing their lives for the greater cause of the movement, only to be replaced by more and more and more… MQM is not “Tonga party” which will be dispersed at the first signs of confrontation and abusive force. Any such tactic will only serve to bring MQM’s vote bank together and strengthen their resolve. It will only serve to motivate the silent segments like myself to speak up their mind and side with the logic.


  • Opps
    Jul 13, 2011 - 3:33PM

    The ppl who says that this is democracy then what a intellectual level he/she has.

    Dont compare us with India. Its not Develop country. See the Develop countries. They even handover the police to Local Govt. Second the KHI ppl should be granted the power by Fedral govt or by etc.

    Why the ppl who live / grown in the city dont have the power to serve. is this democracy or its cheeting !!!!!


  • Khan
    Jul 13, 2011 - 4:25PM

    Until you get load shedding problem sorted Why not completely abandon using electricity and start using lamps, candles etc throw your tvs, throw all the machinery from factories out instead of improving your capacities.

    LG system is the best one around the world… here in UK they have divided all cities in boroughs each having its own local council and its councilors and then Mayor of City (Boris Johnson in London) and the system works like a miracle … the same is the case in New York. … This system gives new leaders from grass root level and also if any problem one can write to or visit your local council office to resolve it. Each council gets tax from all house holds located in the area and spends it on improving the locality (Roads, Parks, Libraries, Sewerage system etc) hence you don’t have to run after some politician or any one else you know which door to knock when there is some problem and the Govt knows who holds responsibility if an area is deprived … Divide and rule is the best example in any professional field where you know which string to pull if some thing goes wrong.


  • Pakistani
    Jul 13, 2011 - 4:33PM

    Great that we abolish Local Government system because as per Some one from PPP said that elected Nazims are not trained to provide instant relief to public…. i agree. Now we have to abolish Provincial government and give minister power to departments Secretary and CM power to Chief Secretary.

    Than abolish Federal government and give minister power to departments Secretary and PM power to Federal Chief Secretary. because elected people are not trained to provide instant relief to public…..

    This is called Great Solution for Pakistan……


  • Karachiite
    Jul 13, 2011 - 4:53PM



  • Jul 13, 2011 - 5:15PM

    Black day for Democracy and the people of Karachi. Democracy ka Janazaa hay baree dhoom say niklay – – –

    Dr. Saleem Siddiqi
    South Africa


  • FZ
    Jul 13, 2011 - 6:10PM

    The only system that has ever worked for the people Karachi has been the system that has been changed. It worked under Naimatullah sb and Mustafa Kamal and we saw it work.

    This shows just how much the PPP really cares about Karachi.

    Karachi should be made a separate province. Period.


  • grinz09
    Jul 13, 2011 - 6:38PM

    Such is the ‘democracy’ of ‘Peoples Party’. Jhamooriat kay Qatil!


  • Dr. Asad Sadick, Germany
    Jul 13, 2011 - 6:48PM

    Well, well, look who is talking about democracy. The bill was passed lege artis through the provincial parliament and follows all the norms of democratic rules. Not that I am a friend of PP, but this is what you get trying to act street smart. Moreover the bill was not bulldozed the way Musharraf introduced his devolution and nazim plans. Whether its the right plan or not is another story.


  • fus
    Jul 13, 2011 - 7:38PM

    It is hard to believe that ppl are supporting PPP action. If there was any issue with the local govt system then make changes to it not abolish it completely. Those who give example of other Provinces, should check Punjab, they have not abolished it instead added magistrates to the existing system. The roblem is that with the local govt system the power goes to the citizen of that township, zila and city, since MQM is in majority in some of the urban centers, PPP had done this to keep the control. The ppl who have no idea about the politics of Karachi needs to some research before commenting. Others who live in Karachi or other major cities, need to be honest, they will come to the cities to enjoy a good life, but would not agree to the politics of these cities or the fact that the people how made progress for these cities do not have power to rule it. I know many non-urdu speaking in Karachi who support MQM, because of their the stand or the work they have done.


  • Pakistani
    Jul 13, 2011 - 8:20PM

    @Salman Orangiwala:
    You had the longest serving governor from MQM for Sindh. You guys are never happy.


  • Umair Waheed Sheikh, Khayban e Hafiz,IBA Karachi
    Jul 13, 2011 - 10:54PM

    The PPP has always done this whenever it has come to power. It has brought archaic laws in the country only to prolong its life. What a shame? Aik Zardari sub peh bahri? This shows why?


  • Ali
    Jul 13, 2011 - 11:00PM

    PPP is an agent of the west, thats why it continues to implement the old system of its masters. PPP and all agents of the west must be defeated.


  • Ali
    Jul 13, 2011 - 11:02PM

    MQM is now suffering the consequences of its mistakes…alliance with PEEPEEPEE…


  • Shezada Khanzada
    Jul 13, 2011 - 11:24PM

    Longest serving governor is all you see. Why can’t you see the longest bridges built why can you see longest by passe4s paved literally out of LYARIi why cant you see a whole bloody hill parched for people in general.. Can you believe if it would be possible if a PPP governor was made. The Last PPP governor KILLED 362 political workers in a matter of 3 months brutally encounters, days long shutter down strikes….
    Why was he the longest serving governor i wonder.. wel it was because he was soft spoken and a very good handler of any sour situation..
    I pity your kind.


  • Anonymous
    Jul 14, 2011 - 12:37AM

    Any system can only good as the people who run it.
    How well are the stalwarts of democracy running it?
    Reconciliation in their lexicon means you carry on with your corrupt ways while we carry on with out corrupt practices.
    So, my dear Watson, stop complaining about the system, look closely at the character of the persons who run it!Recommend

  • Salman Orangiwala
    Jul 14, 2011 - 1:48AM

    @Pakistani , pls just donot argue for the sake of arguement .

    If you are from Karachi you ought to know how much the Governor of Sindh wields power comparing to a petty minister .

    And if you are NOT from Karachi , I would suggest visit me , I will abreast you of the REAL Karachi .


  • Ahmad
    Jul 14, 2011 - 2:06AM

    Welcome to our glorious past. Now bring back those old rulers. PPP probably now stands for PUSH PEOPLE to PAST.


  • Yahya
    Jul 14, 2011 - 2:51AM

    We want our own province …… Thats Final


  • Dr. Asad Sadick, Germany
    Jul 14, 2011 - 10:30AM

    What province? You guys have a province or are you talking of going back to India. Karachi is a part of Sind and will stay so. The most we can offer you is try being a Pakistani for once, and we make Karachi part of the federal territory. The writing is on the wall.


  • Salman Orangiwala
    Jul 14, 2011 - 2:01PM

    Dr Sadick , we have a province ? really ? Would be obliged if you come back from Deutschland and show us the same .

    And please donot mix up migrating from Paksitan to Germany as an economic refugee and migrating from Brit India to Paksitan as religious refugee .

    Poles apart .!!!!


  • Hamid Ali
    Jul 15, 2011 - 12:31PM

    Neither a political entity nor a uniform personal could be made a soul custodian of law and order. Political people tend to be biased where as uniformed personal tend to be uncivilized in their dealing. Through the magistracy system the law and order is maintained by a civilian ultimately responsible to an elected representative the chief minister whose authority is diluted when cumming down the hierarchy as compared to a petty politician in charge of police in the nazim system. If in Afghanistan, European styled democracy can not be implemented and the government is unable to maintain its writ outside Kabul. Similarly our society is not suitable for every detail written in European books of Democracy. IN OUR COUNTRY DEVOLUTION OF POWER MEANS DEVOLUTION OF CORRUPTION.Recommend

  • grinz09
    Jul 15, 2011 - 3:40PM

    Now that this system has been introduced it transpires that it has only been done in Karachi and Hyderabad region. Other areas of Sindh will continue to follow local bodies system!WHY? Motives are highly questionable!!!


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