Sindh govt seeks 6 months time to hold LB elections: Qaim Ali Shah

The situation in Lyari is no longer administrative, says Qaim Ali Shah.

Web Desk July 18, 2013
Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

KARACHI: Following the Supreme Court's order earlier on Thursday to hold local bodies elections in September, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah said that they needed six months time to hold local bodies elections, Radio Pakistan reported. 

Addressing media officials at a dinner in Karachi, he said that the Sindh government will request the Supreme Court for more time to hold the elections. He added that holding local bodies elections was the responsibility of the provinces.

Shah's Pakistan Peoples Party has been at loggerheads over a local bodies election with other parties from Sindh when it first came to power in 2008. Earlier this year, the government, having seen the back of their long term coalition partners, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, reinstated its preferred local government system of 1979 and had in its election campaign promised local body elections.

After being re-elected, it implemented the local government system, but has yet to conduct local body elections.

Lyari Unrest

Responding to a question about the situation in Lyari, he said that the issue is no longer an administrative one but has become political.

Earlier in the week, Shah had said that the government was consulting various stakeholders and recording statements of elected representatives, politicians, notables and social workers of the area.

"The initial findings point towards a 'bhatta mafia' and political motives as the reason behind the unrest," Shah had said.


Arzoo | 9 years ago | Reply

@Mohammad Ali Siddiqui: Well said; but rest assured they know this. They are just hoping that 6 months will translate to 6 years.

Arzoo | 9 years ago | Reply

The first 5 comments above should be instructive to those who want to understand why East Pakistan became Bangladesh and what really is happening in Balochistan. Bengalis formed the majority in 1970 and had won the most seats in the National Assembly. Instead of turning over power to them they were told to take a hike. One can make excuses and delay the inevitable but one is also constrained to live with the consequences. It does not amaze me that PPP does not want to hold these local elections, what amazes me is the inability of educated people to learn from history. Even more confounding to me is that these same people demand the right of self-determination and self-governance for people in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

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