Local Government: ‘Why weren’t we allowed to talk about it?’

Published: October 2, 2012
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“The people of Sindh do not and will not accept the Sindh Peoples Local Government Ordinance of 2012.”  PHOTO: IRFAN ALI/EXPRESS/FILE

“The people of Sindh do not and will not accept the Sindh Peoples Local Government Ordinance of 2012.” PHOTO: IRFAN ALI/EXPRESS/FILE

KARACHI: 

A fine line has been drawn between what is good and what is bad for the province today, said members of the Save Sindh Committee. “The people of Sindh do not and will not accept the Sindh Peoples Local Government Ordinance of 2012.”

While speaking to the media at his house, Sindh United Party’s chief and the convener of the committee, Jalal Mahmood Shah, said that the new system was a question mark on the integrity of Sindh. “The ordinance was signed in late at night and the bill was passed within an hour. Why was no one allowed to talk about it?” asked Shah. “If it is in the favour of the province, they should have allowed the MPAs to debate on it.” He added that it would also make it difficult for the ruling party to work in Sindh.

Responding to a question about Monday’s Sindh Assembly session, Shah claimed that assembly’s speaker Nisar Khuhro should have let the MPAs sit on the opposition benches.

According to Dr Khalid Mehmood Soomro from the Jamiat-e-Ulema-Islam, the Pakistan Peoples Party should be prepared to face the anger of the people.

Irfanullah Marawat of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Jeay Sindh Tehreek’s Dr Safdar Sarki, Awami Tehreek’s Mazhar Rahojo and Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz’s Illahi Bux Bikak were also there.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 2nd, 2012.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Sindhi_Pakistani
    Oct 2, 2012 - 9:22AM

    PPP-MQM are in power hangover and they dont care about the sensitivities of people of Sindh. One-Unit was imposed by dictator and the fate of SPLGO will not be the different. This system is presented by PPP to appease one party by handing over to them urban Sindh, there is no plan in it for the betterment of common people. People of Sindh rejects any system which sows the seeds of division. We will do peaceful democratic struggle to challenge ruling alliance in Sindh.

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  • Khalq e Khuda
    Oct 2, 2012 - 2:42PM

    The opposition MPAs were allowed to sit and debate but they chose to boycott the proceedings, so the right question should be that why did opposition not present any amendments or debated the bill if they were so sincere to the people of Sindh.

    People of Sindh are with PPP and MQM not with the nationalists who until a while back were all up for local government system when PPP was against it.

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  • Karachiite
    Oct 2, 2012 - 3:00PM

    Karachiite decided they need the LG system , why these so called nationalists who donot even belong to Karachi are wailing ?

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  • Optimisit
    Oct 2, 2012 - 3:46PM

    Probably is has been 4 years that we have the administrative setup. I wish they would have brains to understand what could have been done and what was not.
    MPA’s? Huh, if you could never do your job, probably you would just not be allowed in such meetings as “You are not required”

    If you could be so much caring about Sindh, by now you would have done something for the provine.

    Please leave Karachi alone because we are the revenue generating engine, not you!

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  • Navaid
    Oct 2, 2012 - 9:55PM

    They can whine and complain all they want, it’s not going to change anything. Another major victory for the MQM. Recommend

  • Khari baat
    Oct 2, 2012 - 10:31PM

    @ Karachiite

    Karachi belongs to Sindh and Sindhis , that is why they are wailing…be sensible.

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  • True_Pakistani
    Oct 3, 2012 - 1:07AM

    @khari baat
    And as urdu speaking sindhis we r demanding for splgo 2012 to be implemented in Karachi and all over sindh.Can u tell even one point in this ordinance which is against the integrity of sindh and rights of sindhis……Recommend

  • Nationalist
    Oct 3, 2012 - 1:31PM

    Mr..True Pakistani..
    If the system is not threat to integrity,then why there are only 5 declared metropolitan cities where is rest of Sindh.
    2nd MQM claiming to be democratic ,why it came up with ordinance not bill?
    Even the draft of bill is not present over website of sindh govt,are they really interested to have debate over it in public..??
    There are ample of questions unanswered.why Karachi is declared as single unit on other hand Hyderabad is divided into four..??Recommend

  • True_Pakistani
    Oct 3, 2012 - 7:40PM

    @Nationalist
    According to this bill any city can be declared as a metropolitan city whose population exceeds 20 lakh.
    As far as the passage of ordiance rather than the bill is concerned, the ordinance is in accoradnce with the constitution provided that it should be passed in assembly before 90 days which is already passsed
    Thirdly the chosen representatives have made this law so why should be every one involved to decide the fate of sindh.
    Hyderabad is divided into 4 because the local people when surveyed should their reluctance to be a part of Hyderabad.
    And what problem do u have if Karachiites want karachi to be single unit.

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