PPP wants to impose its own mayor in Karachi, claims Farooq Sattar

Raabta Committee members respond to LG Ordinance saying PPP's divisive tactics will have harmful long-term effects.

Web Desk November 28, 2013
Flle photo of Farooq Sattar. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Farooq Sattar and other Raabita Committee members  leaders said on Thursday that the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) did not possess a potent mandate in Karachi and was conniving to cover up this reality by orchestrating its own mayor in the metropolis, Express News reported.

Speaking to the media in Karachi, Sattar said that the MQM was already opposed to the provincial government's new Local Government Act and had challenged it in court.

Sattar claimed that the Local Government Ordinance was a new shenanigan whose imposition would drain the city mayor, or 'nazim', of all powers. The Ordinance, Sattar claimed, would reduce elected representatives of the public to impotent dummies begging for approval from the Chief Minister for every move.

The MQM leader said the PPP was deliberately indulging in these mischievous tactics to bring its own mayor to Karachi.

In a separate press conference at 'Nine-Zero', MQM Raabita Committee members claimed that the Sindh government had used its majority  in the provincial assembly to drive a wedge between Sindh's rural and urban areas.

They said the structural differences between village and city union councils were intentional attempts to under-represent the city populace and divert urban resources and funds to other areas.

Committee members further said the changes made to Karachi's districts were also attempts to project PPP's mandate much more than it actually was in the city.

They said the MQM had tried to stop PPP from this mischief and explain that their tactics would have adverse long-term effects, but the party had disregarded MQM's concerns and pressed on with their moves.

The MQM has enjoyed strong support in Sindh's two major urban centres Karachi and Hyderabad during the May elections, where it secured a majority of its 24 seats in the National Assembly.

When local government elections were last held in Karachi, the MQM backed Mustafa Kamal was voted into the mayor's seat.


Adnan | 7 years ago | Reply

I'm sorry to say that MQM itself stared all this by making Karachi one district during Musharraf's time to get their District Nazim in Karachi. It was MQM's time, now it's PPP's time to manage a mandate for itself.

Arzoo | 7 years ago | Reply

@mrs ahmed: Karachi's situation is symptomatic of Pakistan's condition overall. What ails Karachi also affects all of Pakistan. If Pakistan is ever going to become a socially democratic, economically progressive, and a just society for all of its' citizens, Karachi would have to be improved first. While I grant MQM being the representative party of Karachi and urban Sindh, and many of its' laudable traits, and thereby their right to govern Karachi, I would encourage you not to give them a blank check of immunity. It is hard to overlook the fear they have instilled in the electorate and their hard muscling tactics which are quite evident in the city. Also, a true leader cannot live out of the masses just as a fish cannot live outside of the water, to paraphrase Mao Zedong, no matter what the threats and dangers he may face. Karachi's people are educated and decent people overall, and deserve much better than what they have. Specially they do not deserve the corrupt bureaucrats brought from interior areas and the high-handedness and disrespect from the illiterate police forces brought from rural areas to staff Karachi's governmental agencies.

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