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Karachi: The Sindh cabinet on Saturday give a go-ahead to the appointment of Advisor to the Chief Minister on Law and Environment Murtaza Wahab as the new administrator of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation.

The approval was chaired by Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah during the provincial cabinet meeting.

Murtaza Wahab, who is also the Sindh government’s spokesperson, has been entrusted with an uphill task to revamp the port city’s ill-maintained civic infrastructure.

It is worth mentioning that two major political parties, including the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), have already expressed their opposition to the possible appointment of Murtaza Wahab as the Karachi administrator.

Sindh Governor Imran Ismail said that a meeting had earlier been held at the Sindh Governor House in the presence of the prime minister and military leadership, in which it was decided that the administrator would be an apolitical person and his appointment would be made after consultations with all stakeholders.

Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, the convener of MQM-P, categorically rejected the provincial government’s decision to appoint Murtaza Wahab to the position. He insisted that the Sindh government did not negotiate with his party on this matter.

He insisted that the Mutahida Kami Movement (MQM) would not accept Murtaza Wahab as the chief executive of Karachi. The MQM-P leader also hinted at a large-scale rally against the Sindh government.

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