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Chief of the ANP’s Sindh chapter, Shahi Syed. — File Photo by APP

KARACHI: ANP lawmaker Amir Nawab, who is also a provincial minister, tendered his resignation from the Sindh government on Friday, DawnNews reported.

Provincial labour minister Nawab submitted his resignation to Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah.

Nawab said he did not want to function as a “puppet minister” and that he had tendered the resignation on directives from the party’s central leadership.

Nawab further said that “the Pakistan People’s Party could keep such ministries to itself”.

The resignation came in the wake of the ANP’s announcement that it would boycott all sessions of the Senate and the national and provincial assembles.

Earlier today, the party announced the boycott over the new law on local government institutions which had been signed by the governor and the chief minister.

The ANP stated that it was not taken into confidence over the law.

Speaking to media representatives, ANP's Sindh chief, Shahi Syed called the new local government law "a black law".

He added that the ANP was not taken in the loop over the deliberations pertaining to the new law and called the MQM "a terrorist organisation".

Syed said the new law was an injustice to the people of Sindh and that the PPP did not take the ANP into confidence before its approval.

Moreover, ANP's Bushra Gohar stated that the new law had been pass secretively and in order to appease a certain political group.

PPP, MQM leaders on ANP's reaction

Provincial information minister Sharjeel Memon said the government would try to address the ANP's fears and reservations over the new law.

Memon said the PPP wanted to take all the coalition partners along and that it would consider the ANP's stance on the issue.

Moreover, MQM parliamentary party leader in the Sindh Assembly Syed Sardar Ahmed said that political parties should analyse the ordinance before forming an opinion on it.

The new law, which had been named “People’s Metropolitan Corporation Ordinance 2012”, was signed after days of intense deliberations between the PPP and the Muttahida Muttahida Qaumi Movement, the two major parties in Sindh’s ruling coalition.

Comments (41) Closed

Syed Hasib (@HASH1246) Sep 07, 2012 02:22pm
Those who refuse to accept this Local Oridinance are not loyal to Sindh because they dont want any developments in Sindh and their shops will be closed and how they would run their illegal activities if this ordinance come into force. Good Work MQM, We need Mustafa Kamal back, We dont care about anyone who is not loyal to Sindh and Pakistan.
Asif Sep 07, 2012 02:46pm
PPP & MQM are the worst that can happen to Pakistan
Muhammad Asif Sep 12, 2012 06:35am
and the root cause of railways current state.
adnan Sep 07, 2012 12:02pm
theyev got jsut one or two MPA seats.. why are they shouting soo much??????
Nadeem Khan Sep 07, 2012 01:52pm
In most of the developing countries in the world the power is devolved to the local goverment its not the Job Federal or Provincial members to take care of the development work of local viccinity its the job of the Metropolitan corporation. Its the Feudal/Tribal Mindet of Politicians that they are opposing the system as it will give power at gross root level. ANP and most of the outsiders do not have any stake in Sindh and Karachi they are more interested in earninng revenue from the City and then transferring it out of the province. Same is true with Interior Sindh Politician who talk about blood shed in case of new provinces but are not interested in any development in Urban Sindh or to their own constituincies.
Muhammad Asif Sep 07, 2012 10:20am
"Syed said the new law was an injustice to the people of Sindh": The two major political parties (PPP and MQM) having more than 90% representation of Sindh (other 8% being PMF(F) and others while the 2% being ANP). Yet they are claiming that it is injustice to the people of Sindh. I can only laugh.
Muhammad Sep 07, 2012 11:15am
Duh, so you are against an elected government?
ifti Sep 07, 2012 11:30am
Probably need more share of the cake, non-visionary parties, will do such things. Otherwise, there are many reasons to resign. Everyday Karachi killing is one example. Why MQM wants this I am sure it is not for relief of people.
Bakka Sep 07, 2012 03:08pm
True one ot two in Sind, but have you forgotten NWFP (I know its now called Pukthoonwala). Politics don't revolve around Sind and MQM.
ifti Sep 07, 2012 12:07pm
hahaha, what do you say on accepting a law without reading. What is happening in National assembly day in and day out. These are just a bunch of money makers who have no interest of people at heart.
EmMoosa Sep 08, 2012 03:41am
ANP should keep their house in KPK in order before interfering in the matters of Sind. Sind is for those who live permanently in Sind. Shahi syed is elected for senate from the quota of KPK. How he can represent Sind. Sind, particularly Karachi has been targeted by these outsiders for their self motives. Sindhis should understand this game and not to echo their voices with these elements. This time Sindhis should be united to flush out the dirt from their house.
SHERYAAR Sep 07, 2012 10:17am
thsi is a new drama by ANP to get more cash out from PPP'S pocket... if they are so sincere y dont they quit the so called coalition and sit on opposition bench.. action speaks louder than words..
Mushtaq Ahmad Sep 07, 2012 12:03pm
PPP/MQM are not following the proper and legal ways to introduce/amend any system
hasan Sep 07, 2012 11:06am
Without reading, rejection of a law is not a fair thing. ANP has not yet read it and saying that it is Black law. Whatever the local bodies law is, It will actually improve the over all infrastrucurre of Karachi. The ANP's reacation shows that they do not like any development in Karachi.
M. Asghar Sep 07, 2012 12:10pm
I am affraid that theatrics will end as a round of musical chairs, where all the effort is made for self-glory.
Sameer Sep 07, 2012 12:11pm
this party is a nuisance. They have never anything to KP where they have government, and have been a big problem towards peace and progress in Karachi.
Naved Sep 07, 2012 10:17am
Please accept the majority decision, if you believe in democracy.
saima Sep 07, 2012 01:05pm
If it really benefits one party, and so effective for MQM, then my advice to all the other parties is to support this ordinance so that they can get benefit out of it and above all the people of Sindh regardless of ethincity and religion will get some relief from corruption and our region will get developed. Think about it.!!!!!!!!!!
nasir Sep 07, 2012 01:26pm
shahi syed many time said, urdu speaking gave jobs to pashtune. on the other way he and his party is always against what the urdu speaking majority like. theire own province is suffering lot of problems, and they want to make chaos in our province
ifti Sep 07, 2012 10:35pm
so laugh. As all public issues have already been resolved by these two big parties, I am laughing with you, obviously for entirely contrary reasons.
aabc Sep 07, 2012 08:18am
if you have courage, then resign from central government as well.........
Sohail Sep 07, 2012 03:30pm
ANP is a big failure in KKP, they did not do any thing for the welfare of their own people how they are so concerned about people of sindh. They never objected forcefully on drone attacks and showed criminal silence on the matter. Imran Khan was right in saying ANP leader spent more time out of country and visit rarely to Pakistan. We are ashmed of such leaders.
asim Sep 07, 2012 12:03pm
this law will only befits MQM
Iqbal Khan Sep 07, 2012 04:01pm
If there is any development in karachi, that is discriminatory, only limited to non-Pashtun areas. Similarly the discrimination can be found in every institution. Pashtuns are the second biggest population in Karachi but they are divided in the demarcation of their constituencies. This new local body system would further marginalised Pushtuns and aggravated their grievances.
zo Sep 07, 2012 09:21am
Javed Ahmed Sep 07, 2012 12:55pm
Yes but more importantly it would benefit the people of Karachi who are normally ignored by all other parties. Take Shehbaz Sharif's example, he has turned Lahore into one of the most beautiful & advanced cities of Pakistan but did nothing for Karachi. If it wasn't for Mustafa Kamal, Karachi wouldn't be what it is right now. I know we all slag off the MQM but it goes wothout saying that MQM is the only party that really cares about the people of Karachi and infact does something for the city. Being a Karachite, this is THE MOST IMPORTANT thing to me. I therefore honestly hope they appoint Mustafa Kamal as the Mayor of Karachi again so that we see more development within the most beautiful & important city (financial hub) of Pakistan.
Muhammad Tahir Jamali Sep 07, 2012 10:05am
Yes, they should resign from Federal Government. Lets wait for next elections, then we will see who is in majority.
Mr.T Sep 07, 2012 06:28pm
Subha ka bhula agar sham ko ghar lotay, tu usay bhula nahi kahtay / ya phir dair aiay du'rast aieay...
Muhammad Asif Sep 12, 2012 06:16am
@iffi: ok. so wait for each of the issue to be resolved untill all other issues are resolved first. a vicious cirular dependency cycle.
asim Sep 07, 2012 09:35am
very well shahi syed we are with you..........
Umair Sep 07, 2012 07:52pm
Couldnt agree more.
Iqbal Sep 07, 2012 09:26am
in what capacity ANP is objecting to the law?
imran ali Sep 07, 2012 02:02pm
instead of shouting,improve law and order in KP..and introduced LG system in your own province,so that people get the benefit of democracy at the grass root..people are dying due to bomb blast and flood
Muhammad Asif Sep 07, 2012 12:51pm
@ifti: hasan's argument is logical. it's ok if you dont accept without reading it, but you should not reject it without reading it. hope it makes sense.
M. Farooq Abbas Sep 07, 2012 04:15pm
ALL karachities should remember development during the LAST L.G. system under Nazim Mustafa Kamal. ANP got the major share in the projects. They are unthankful.
Hussain Naqvi Sep 07, 2012 01:11pm
The masked faces of coalation goverments exhibited the real situation of the failed political actors on the ground.
Jehanzaib Sep 07, 2012 01:10pm
See the development in karachi from MQM. . . you cant image because. ANP never wants development of karachi.
GoodNews Sep 07, 2012 03:56pm
All the comments are welcome. The one thing which mesmerizes me is that so many anchors have asked Amir Nawab to leave the coalition and sit on the opposition seats on the issue of 1. governments battle and abuse of the judiciary, 2. law and order situation in Karachi/killing of hundreds of innocent people of their own and govt doing nothing and so many other cases but this guy never tender any resignation but as soon as a law hit him or the party leadership he tendered his resignation. This is not him alone this is we as all party leaders.
jehanzeb khan Sep 07, 2012 12:41pm
Fish can't leave without water. ANP & MQM Cannot leave without GOVT.
Azam Sep 07, 2012 12:31pm
I wish our leaders think about Pakistan before making any law
AK Sep 07, 2012 01:02pm
ANP, has to respect the majority. Otherwise, do not take part in ellections. Stop the insanity, Syed need to go to school now.