In rare move, PML-N and PTI join forces to oppose Sindh local govt act

In rare move, PML-N and PTI join forces to oppose Sindh local govt act

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The Sindh provincial government passed the revised Local Government Act of 2021 to make the relationship between the different political parties in the province closer, and even the main competitor PML-N PTI.

The main political parties in Sindh rejected the local agency bill passed by the Sindh government through new amendments during the All Political Party Conference (APC) convened by MQM-P on Saturday night.

According to the act, the mayor’s election will be conducted with a show of hands and only elected officials will be able to run for the post.

The APC was held in a local hotel in Karachi. At the meeting, many leaders publicly opposed the current local government system. The People’s National Party (ANP) also attended the meeting.

Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui of MQM said that people cannot expect PPP to have any benefits.

“If courts and concerned institutions fail to come up with the right decision, people will have to take to the roads,” he threatened.

“The PPP has made the entire province sick; the urban areas of the province are in the ICU,” he added. 

Addressing the moot via video link, Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar said the local bodies system in Sindh is the worst in Pakistan while the one in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is relatively better. 

PML-N’s Miftah Ismail chimed in by saying that the PPP had failed to empower the people of Sindh via the 18th Amendment. 

ANP’s Shahi Sayed expressed support for the 18th Amendment but said it had not devolved power to the grassroots. 

The conference concluded with a seven-point joint resolution that demanded the financial and administrative powers be transferred to local bodies.

The political parties agreed that a committee consisting of representatives from all parties present in the APC should be formed. The new body will formulate its recommendations and send them to the provincial assembly, the joint declaration states.

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