KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Wednesday rejected the passage of three bills in the Sindh Assembly (SA), including Local Government Ordinance 1979 and Police Act 1861 and announced to challenge the move in court. “13th July is the black day in current democratic regime when rights of people were disregarded and interests of particular mindsets were considered,” said Faisal Sabzwari, former Sindh Youth Affairs Minister in a diatribe speech outside the assembly.
He said his party completely rejects the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) move for passing the bills without consulting MQM, the second largest party in the province. “PPP is conspiring to divide the people of province, particularly of Hyderabad and Karachi, with the introduction of commissionerate system. We strongly oppose the anti-democratic move and won’t let them do it at any cost”, he added. MQM leader said it was the Haq Parast representatives that served the city throughout the functioning of local government system, adding people were satisfied with the performance of their elected representatives during the local government system.
“It was not a corrupt system rather it is the corrupt ruling mindset that is persistently casting barbs against local government system run by the MQM without any rational.” Faisal lamented that their lawmakers had not been allowed to speak in the assembly on public issues including the target-killing spree last week, which, according to him, was a red herring thrown by PPP to hide its failure of ‘weak governance’. “Don’t force us to exceed our disciplinary limits in the house as oppositions did in past,” he warned.
He exasperatedly questioned why the resignations of MQM ministers were not being accepted, adding we are no more ministers and called for getting their resignations accepted. “PPP tabled before the house its own agenda and neglected our resolutions regarding the target killings in Karachi which is a shameful act,” he fumed. Sabzwari castigated if PPP ministers continued patronising criminals, the law and order will further deteriorate. – Dailytimes