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Sindh Assembly passes Local Govt bill amid protest

Published Oct 01, 2012 09:41am


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A view of the Sindh Assembly in session.—File Photo

KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly on Monday passed a controversial bill on a new local government system in the province amid much uproar and protest from coalition lawmakers and nationalist parties, DawnNews reported.

Monday’s session started with a usual delay of 2.5 hours and, as expected, was laden with fireworks. While the provincial assembly also passed the Sindh Civil Servants’ Rules, the LG bill became the main reason for the day’s commotion and protest.

As Law Minister Ayaz Soomro presented the bill before Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Khuhro, lawmakers from the Awami National Party (ANP), as well as the Pakistan Muslim League – Functional (PML-F), and the National Peoples Party (NPP) staged a protest against the legislation, tearing copies of the bill into pieces.

According to a report, 149 members voted in favour of the ordinance while 18 were in opposition. Legislators belonging to the Pakistan People’s Party and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, constituting an overwhelming majority in the 168-member Sindh Assembly, were supporting the LG law.

The government bill on the new local government system is based on the recently promulgated the Sindh People’s Local Government Ordinance 2012.

Lawmakers belonging to the estranged coalition partners, soon after the promulgation of the SPLGO, had announced parting of ways with the government. Besides estranged coalition parties, nationalists parties in Sindh had also opposed the new LG system while Sindh Bachayo Committee convener Syed Jalal Mehmood Shah on Sunday had given a strike call across the province for Monday against the possible passage of the LG bill.


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Pakiboy Oct 01, 2012 12:17pm
local govt is the best method to channel resources to public level .. what is the problem in this ?? it should be implemented all over the country !!
hammad Oct 01, 2012 05:05pm
tell this to sindhi nationalist who are hell bent upon resisting anything that comes from mqm
nasir Oct 01, 2012 05:06pm
grat day foe sindh province. it is a step for rights to lower level.
hammad Oct 01, 2012 05:05pm
finally a good news and thank god peoples party fulfilled its promise
Ahmer Jamil khan Oct 02, 2012 01:00am
The Local Government law, although a necessity, has come too late. The lawmakers in the Sindh Assembly, according to a report published in Dawn, are least interested in legislation as shown by their non-serious attitude in, and absence from the assembly. Had the elections not been so near, I really doubt this bill would have been passed.
Irtezaa Oct 02, 2012 01:01am
I donot understand the hue and cry on this bill. The democratic provincial parliament passed it with majority! I may not like this bill, but I have to respect the democratic decision, period! Get in the provincial assembly and rescind the bill; this is the only democratically correct way...
ramshankerdubey Oct 01, 2012 10:04am
democracy has the same attitude everywhere. uproar, protest, part-level huslebusle and only oppose has become its fate. No serious debates are taking place.In India, Pakistan, Bagla Desh, Nepal and Shrilanka, the democracy has the same face, It is passing through the same phase. Responsible persons and Institutions have no interest in fair debate. But this must be go on
munir from sacramento Oct 01, 2012 10:48pm
Karachi problems are deeper to be solved by local government.Rather the fresh decision will creat more problems and ethnicities living in Karachi well get futher polarised.Why one party wants to monoplised this cosmopolitan city.Some system above party politics be evolved to provide relief to all living there .
hamidik. Oct 01, 2012 02:10pm
dispotic rule of 'majority' assembly - its all well out of democracy.
zahid Oct 01, 2012 10:12am
You can not have two different systems in the same province!!!
Anees Oct 01, 2012 10:34am
I think its to good to have this system at ground level. so keeping the view on basis of people participation at ground level make this system more efficient towards them. while central administration is quite vague in sense that it is impossible to reach at selected candidate to meet and have solution for there problems. If LG system prevails in true sense it is far good than central system.
Muhammad Hayat Oct 01, 2012 11:15am
to day is the black day for sindh
Muhammad Hayat Oct 01, 2012 11:19am
This is the starting to demolish the Sindh in two pieces that s why bill was passed we sindhi peoples are very sorrow about government
Usman Oct 01, 2012 04:15pm
World has one Country 2 system .. look china & Hongkong, in Canada & in UAE ... So why not 2 system in one province
Hadi Sakey Oct 01, 2012 10:55am
Under PPP you can have different system for each place. System and governance are unknown to them.
faz Oct 01, 2012 12:32pm
100% agree
zubair burdi Oct 01, 2012 10:57am
If L.G system is appropriate for Sindh then why did they (rulers) demolish it about 1.5 years ago? that was some sort politics???
Adam Oct 01, 2012 11:03am
Well ; why not have the same system in entire Sindh
Adam Oct 01, 2012 11:17am
All systems implemented in sindh is an out come of peoples party govenment and mqm bargaining deal to share power in this province.
Adam Oct 01, 2012 09:54am
What's wrong with this bill and why so much of opposition. Only thing which can be understood is to keep MQM away from the main stream
Umair Oct 01, 2012 04:45pm
how is this division of Sind?
Mudassir Hussain Oct 01, 2012 04:28pm
Those who are creating the uproar on this issue simply has no ownership to the place they shamelessly call "Sindh Dhartee".....just mention one of the contribution they have done for the betterment and development of Sindh and Pakistan....I believe it would be very difficult to find any....
Muhammad Ahmed Mufti Oct 01, 2012 07:08pm
This bill does not go far enough to transfer complete power to the grass root level. It should not just cover the urban centers but the whole province. Police and local administration should also be transferred to local governments.
Nabeel Oct 01, 2012 04:13pm
Also known as representative democracy, PPP and MQM combined represent an overwhelming majority of the people who bother vote and as such their decision should be respected and not of people with allegiance to Khyber Paukhtoonkhua
Rizwanul Huda Oct 02, 2012 01:45am
Agreed! Local Government is the best system to use the local resources for the locals. Beside it is the elected one and not selected one. I don't understand why there is so much uproar about it. LG system has worked well in city like Karachi. It should be adopted in the whole country
Shahid Oct 01, 2012 07:27pm
Sindh is already didvided in to two pieces. For how long Karachi is going to feed the rest of Pakistan?