Karachi: Pasban e Pakistan general secretary Usman Moazzam on Wednesday demanded that the resources being generated by Karachi should be spent on Karachi, adding this mega city has been badly neglected in resources allocation and the only option to solve the issues of this city to make it a province, administratively.
Commenting on what he called Noora Kushti (fixed match) of Sindhi and Urdu speaking nationalists in the Sindh Assembly, he said Karachi is no more an Urdu speaking or Sindh speaking city, but a multi-cultural and multi-linguist mega city. It duly deserves the status of a province, which would end the politics of ethnicity and violence in the city for good.
He said for the lasting peace in Karachi it is necessary that all required urban civic facilities including a modern public transport should be given to the city. He said the provincial as well as federal government has failed to cater the needs of this mega city and the logical result is the popular demand for a ‘Karachi province’. He made it clear that Karachi province should not be equated to a ‘Muhajir province’, as Karachi has already become a multi-cultural and multi-linguistic city.
In fact the number of Urdu-speaking Karachiites is far less than the number of non-Urdu speaking communities living in Karachi. The ethnic and cultural demography of the city has radically changed, and making this mega urban center a province would also end the politics of ethnic outfits that pit Sindhi speaking people against the Urdu speaking people and get their vested interests with this dirty divide and rule politics.
Usman Moazzam said a peaceful Karachi is necessary for a peaceful and prosperous Pakistan. He said the time to use Sindhi and Muhajir cards has already gone. Now it is the time of a Karachi province card. He said Sindh is being ruled by the most corrupt politicians of the history of Pakistan. These corrupt rulers have diverted the attention of people of Sindh on so-called Sindhi-Muhajir divide so that people cannot make them accountable for their grave crimes and misdeeds.
He said Karachi is the city of people who speak Sindhi, Urdu, Punjabi, Pashtu, Balochi, Siraiki, Kashmiri, Hazara and other languages and it is no more an Urdu or Muhajir city. The main issue of this city is not its fast-changing linguistic and cultural demographic pattern but the financial resources it urgently needs for a swift and equitable development of all these areas.
He regretted that after the modern metro bus project, for Lahore a one trillion rupees metro rail project has also been approved, while the Karachiites still commute in overcrowded junk-class minibuses and Chingchis. He said both Sindhi and Urdu speaking Waderas sitting in the Sindh assembly are responsible for making Karachi a medieval-styled Chingchi City, as they have got votes from Karachiites and ruled for decades but in return gave nothing to Karachi and Karachiites. He said the proposed Karachi province would end the corruption and bhatta-based politics of these sham politicians for good.