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MQM-P demands empowerment of local bodies system

KARACHI: MQM-Pakistan leader Khawaja Izharul Hassan has demanded an empowered local bodies system in the light of Article 140-A to address the problems faced by citizens in Karachi.
Speaking on the matter in a press conference today, MQM-P leader Khawaja Izharul Hassan said, “Karachi’s problems can neither be solved from Islamabad nor Larkana”.
He said that the PPP has divided the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation into many parts. Sindh government established the Karachi Development Authority and Sindh Building Control Authority, adding that no development took place in the city.
“The people of Sindh cannot blame the MQM. Whenever PPP is held accountable it misguides the youth,” he said in response to the criticism at his party. Speaking regarding the idea of the committee on civic issues, the MQM-P leader said his party acted as a bridge between the traders’ fraternity and the government.
He said that idea of a committee was discussed however there was no formal agreement. The MQM-P, leader also criticized Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah for “sabotaging” the discussions on the committee.
Earlier, Murad Ali Shah in a press conference had said that he would not share the powers with anyone. He said that the formation of a committee is not a solution to the woes of the financial hub of the country and Karachi.
MQM-P decided to convene an all party’s conference to discuss Karachi and matters related to the stability of the country, he added.
On Sunday, it was reported that the federal and Sindh governments have agreed on forming a committee comprising representatives of the PPP, PTI and MQM, the city’s three main stakeholders. The committee will address the city’s civic issues.
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