Karachi: In an important development, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan’s Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM-P) have joined hands to develop Karachi.
An agreement was reached during a multi-hour meeting of the three stakeholders. Important figures from the Pakistani army also attended the meeting.
Assad Umer, Ali Zaidi, Wasem Akhtar, Sindh Chief Minister Said Murad Ali Shah, Said Ghani and Nasir Shah attended the meeting.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered the National Disaster Management Agency to clean up all drains and open channels in Karachi, remove the violations and submit a report to it within three months.
Judge Gulzar Ahmed, a three-member Supreme Court headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan, heard a case involving violations of the city’s drainage ditches and open channels at the Karachi Registry on Wednesday.
The court expressed frustration with the Karachi Commissioner’s report on the violation of clearing open channels and drains.
CJP Gulzar asked Karachi Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shallwani (Karachi Iftikhar Shallwani) about the ongoing cleaning of Karachi sewers. CJP Gulzar was asking at the time, why has NDMA not finished cleaning other Karachi drains?
“This was the responsibility of Sindh government to clean Karachi’s nullahs, but the centre intervened after the provincial government failed to clean Karachi drains,” the chief justice remarked.
Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) Khalid Javed Khan told the apex court that the federal government is deliberating on different legal and constitutional options to save Karachi.
“Karachi has become an orphan city at the moment. Pakistan will be destroyed if Karachi is ruined.”
While expressing displeasure over the performance of the provincial government, the chief justice said that the government has ruined the city in the last 10 years and did nothing for the better of people.
“What is the responsibly of the Sindh government if everything has to be done by Supreme Court?” the CJP remarked and further said, “SC should run Karachi Circular Railway, we should build road, remove billboards and garbage from the city. If SC has to do everything then what’s left for the government”, he questioned.
The SC directed NDMA to clean all Karachi drains and remove encroachments around them in three months. The court also ordered the Sindh government to fully assist NDMA in the cleaning process and encroachments drains.
It is pertinent to mention here that the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was tasked to clean the sewerage drains in Karachi by Prime Minister Imran Khan, last month.