SPLGO backlash: New law termed ‘fourth’ attack on Sindh’s sovereignty

Speakers at a conference slam government move ‘to divide province’.

Our Correspondent October 07, 2012

HYDERABAD: The new local government system has been termed the fourth major attack on Sindh’s unity and autonomy since the country gained independence.

“It reminds us of July 1948 when the Sindh Assembly was shifted to Hyderabad and Karachi was separated from Sindh,” said Barrister Zamir Ghumro. The One-Unit system and the local bodies introduced by Pervez Musharraf in 2001 were referred to as the other attacks on the province’s sovereignty.

As the reaction against the ordinance continued for the sixth day, speakers at a conference organised by the Aurat Foundation were of the view that the system reminded them of the past injustices done to the province. The protests led by the opposition parties in the Sindh Assembly and nationalist leaders have been joined in by writers, intellectuals and other civil society members.

The 2012 ordinance has handed over 40 of the 43 portfolios of the provincial government to the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, said Ghumro. “Primary education, literacy, health, civil defence, fisheries, culture, excise, housing, transport, law and order, land revenue, energy and others will all be controlled by those who should only be managing drainage, sanitation and cleanliness.”

Section 39 of the Sindh Peoples Local Government Ordinance, 2012, gives authority to the metropolitan corporation of Karachi over district councils on revenue record, environment, zoning, housing and creating markets among others. “[However] the district councils under the four other metropolitan corporations have not been given the same authority,” the lawyer contended.

PML-F’s MPA Nusrat Sehar Abbassi, who vociferously led the protesting members in the Sindh Assembly, slammed the Pakistan Peoples Party for conspiring to divide Sindh. “In the past, attacks on Sindh’s unity came from non-Sindhis. It is for the first time that Sindh’s elected representatives are bent upon dividing their motherland,” the MPA lamented.

MPA Marvi Rashdi alleged that the new system makes the mayor stronger than the chief minister as the latter can be sacked through a majority vote in the assembly but the former will go only after completing his term.

Meanwhile, while nationalist leader Dr Qadir Magsi has set up a hunger strike camp in Qasimabad, Hyderabad, PPP Senator Aajiz Dhamrah warned the nationalists to desist from their mudslinging campaign against the ruling party’s leadership.

Sindhi poets protest

On Saturday, Sindhi writers and poets among others gathered outside the Karachi Press Club to condemn the newly passed ordinance, alleging that it has created a state within the states of the province.

They claimed that the law has created chaos and conflicts in Sindh, adding that the government has destroyed the governance, social and economic sectors in the name of reconciliation.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 8th, 2012.


Omer | 8 years ago | Reply

No MATTER WHAT withdrawing local bodies will be resisted and will start a new civil war in sindh, i still think there can be some ammendments but it can not be removed as it will create a lot of unrest in sindh, which will be the beiginning of the Division

Hameedullah | 8 years ago | Reply

@Karachiites: This urban division was not done by Sindhis but your leaders form the creation of Pakistan.

1st ethnic division by quota system was done by liaqat (ur nations leader). 2nd ethnic based division in Sindh was done by creating “muhajir qomi movement” by ur leaders. 3rd serious ethnic division was done by your language fellow mr musharaf who divided Sindh into rural and urban by abolishing commissioner system and introduced nazim system.

He divided hyderabad district on ethnic urdu basis and made 4 districts out of the total population of 1.5million people. On a reverse move he united Karachi from five districts to one district with a population of 17 millions. Do u find any logic to divide a city of 1.5 million people into four districts and a city of 17 million people that comprised of five districts were abolished and unit district was started? Wasn't it a division of Sindh to upgrade Urdu speakers over Sindhis by making states within states?

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