KARACHI: President Awami National Party (ANP) Sindh Shahi Syed expressed serious reservation over the restoration of the Local bodies (LG) system in Karachi and Hyderabad and has stopped Ameer Nawab from performing duties as provincial minister on Sunday.
He said that if things did not change soon, it will become difficult for the ANP to work with Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).
While talking to the media in Karachi, President ANP Sindh Shahi Syed criticized the government for not consulting them before the move.
Shahi Syed said that the bill on the commissionerate system has been set aside due to political expediencies adding that ANP will strongly oppose the LG bill in Sindh Assembly.
He further said that PPP always neglected the ANP before taking any important decisions and blamed the ruling party for having a non-serious attitude.
Speaking on the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), he criticized them saying that every time they quit the government, efforts to restore peace in Karachi received a blow.
Meanwhile ANP leader Zahid Khan has called for a joint meeting of ANP Parliamentarians asking them to boycott the Assembly Session tomorrow.
Sindh Nationalist parties have called for a strike, protesting against the revival of the LG System.
Mian Iftikhar reacts
On the other hand, senior ANP leader and Khyber Pakthunkhwa (KP) Information Minister Mian Iftikhar also expressed his reservations on the restoration of the LG system, saying that ANP should have been taken into confidence.
He said that the commissionerate system should continue in Sindh like it has been in KP.
However, Mian Iftikhar added that PPP-ANP partnership will not be affected in KP.
Earlier Sindh Governor Ishratul Ebad Khan issued two ordinances on Saturday resulting in the revival of the 2001 local government system in Karachi and Hyderabad as well as the restoration of the previous delimitation of both districts.
The decision, being termed as the ‘first phase’ of an agreement, came following long negotiations between the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, represented by Sindh Governor Ishratul Ebad, and the Pakistan Peoples Party, represented by Senator Babar Awan.
(Read: PPP-MQM: The deal has been done)
Talking to the media at the Governor House after the talks, the Sindh governor said that the decision to remove all differences between the PPP and MQM had been taken via the ordinances, and reflected the will of President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and MQM chief Altaf Hussain.