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The photo shows a view of the Sindh Assembly - File Photo
The photo shows a view of the Sindh Assembly - File Photo

KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly passed a new bill proposing changes in the local body government today amid chants of “shame, shame” made by the opposition.

Opposition leader Sardar Ahmed of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) strongly protested against the bill, claiming that it was not the same bill which was shown to the opposition.

In response to Ahmed's statement, PPP’s Nisar Khuhro declared that the opposition was simply opposing for the sake of opposing, which prompted MQM lawmakers to stand up and loudly protest.

As the situation grew heated, Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani was forced to intervene in order to call for an end to the worsening situation.

The bill, submitted in the house, was subsequently passed, despite objection from opposition members.

The new bill titled Sindh Local Government Act 2013 had been grafted by incorporating various “reasonable proposals” extended by opposition parties.

According to the bill, elections throughout Sindh will be based on political party affiliations.

Karachi would be given the status of a metropolis, with the establishment of five municipal corporations in five of its districts.

On the other hand, municipal corporations would also be established in three districts of Sindh.

The chief of the metropolis would be called the Mayor, while the head of the district council would be the Chairman. The bill further states that the chairman of the local government commission would also be the local government minister.

Finally, the metropolitan sector has been given the option to receive 13 different taxes.

Comments (6) Closed

Aiman Kay Aug 19, 2013 05:18pm

It would be interesting to know the PTI position since it has representatives in the Sindh assembly if they agree with this bill or not.

observer Aug 19, 2013 05:49pm

This is a shameful bill passed by biased sindh ministers. There is no representation of Karachiites in the Sindh Govt, which is not good in the long run for the country.

Masoud Aug 19, 2013 11:23pm

PPP did this in haste. Should have taken MQM on board. The democracy don't progress this way. Ultimately the bill has to be amended.

Sultan Qureshi, Aug 20, 2013 01:03am

Local Government should be voice of the constituency & not the political or imposed Authorities holding Ministry from the Political Party. This new passing defines the Provincial Govt. & its Minister will be ruling the City not the democratically/elected Local people from the constituency. This is not legibile. Requesting the President PPP & Sindh Province Authorities to please re-consider & also study NBA(National British Act) which basis Municipalities are also established in USA & Canada. Sindh Govt Authorities please re-consider & bring the harmony in City of Karachi & not the hate, that way Academic & sensible people may not leave PPP. Overseas Pakistanis feel this is similar to the facing of Palestinians.

Javaid Bashir Aug 20, 2013 01:14am

Sindh Assembly has passed the 2013 Local bodies bill. It is a step forward and we must appreciate PPP's efforts to make it a possibility. The only party that opposed the bill on the floor was MQM. Mr.Azhaar ul Hassan opened his guns firing at PPP for bringing the bill on the floor of the house instead of referring it to the standing committee.

I think MQM has tried to sabotage the efforts to hold the elections to the local bodies.They have admitted that they have not read the bill, then how can they claim that its the British local bodies bill.

Their leader Altaf Husain jumped on the party band wagon and called it the Colonial rulers bill. These statement defy all logic. We must refrain from creating obstacles in the way of elections.

We congratulate PPP government for making it possible to hold elections on the party basis . This is the way to go.

Javaid Bashir Nashua, NH USA

Aftab Kenneth Wilson Aug 20, 2013 01:22am

All parties are on board with PPP but MQM as usual wants things to move according to their likings which will not work this time. I think they are pursuing wrong policy. The should understand that things have changed and this time flexing muscles will only backfire. Their own voters are now fed up with their policies and are looking towards others. The fit case is of Imran Khan's factor. London episode is still alive which has created lot of doubts on their leadership.