The Pakistan Peoples Party’s Taj Haider has urged parties upset with the new local government ordinance to study the legislation before rushing to strike against it on September 13.
The 293-page document details the laws on city management in an agreement reached by the PPP and its major coalition partner, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement. The PPP’s other partners in government and the non-elected nationalist parties and groups announced, however, that they would not accept the new set-up and would go on strike. The local government set-up introduced by Musharraf expired in 2009 and a government-appointed bureacrat has been running Karachi since then.
Haider regretted that some nationalist leaders were drawing parallels between the proposed strike and the tragedy of May 12, 2007.
“We appeal to every political party [to] adhere to peaceful and civilized politics and not do anything or utter words that give rise to conflict and clashes and weaken the nascent democratic system,” he said.
“We could have passed a law in the Sindh Assembly on the strength of our large majority,” he said, referring to the PPP’s 92 seats in the 167-member house. “But we chose negotiation and after long deliberations were able to get the support of MQM legislators on our justified stand.”
Published in The Express Tribune, September 11th, 2012.
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