MQM stages demo against new LG law

Karachi: Deputy Convener, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said on Sunday that Sindh Local Government Act 2013 is unconstitutional and MQM would not accept it at any cost, however, his party would not boycott the local bodies polls.

He was addressing a big protest demonstration outside Karachi Press Club against Sindh Local Government Act 2013. Thousands of workers and supporters, including women, of MQM attended the protest and chanted slogans against the new law.

Siddiqui further said that under the Act, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) provincial government wanted to snatch mandate of MQM in Karachi and other urban parts of the province. “Under the law, deputy commissioners have been given powers of delimitation of constituencies as a result, a union council (UC) in MQM majority areas consists of about 40,000 to 50,000 population while in the areas where PPP have majority in a UC, the population consists of 12,000 to 10,000 population only,” he added and called this act as an open evidence of pre-poll rigging.

He said that article 140-A of the constitution gives administrative, financial and political autonomy to the local governments, while the new Act has snatched all those powers that was why it was against the constitution. “We have filed a petition against that black law in Sindh High Court and were expecting justice.”

He said that the Act was a conspiracy to divide the province in two parts, but MQM neither wanted to divide the province nor would allow anyone to do so. But giving reference of fall of Dhaka, he however said that if MQM mandate was not accepted, the history could repeat itself.

He said that some elements wanted to push the MQM toward boycott but they were fully participate in the upcoming local government election.

Members of MQM Co-ordination Committee Hyder Abbass Rizvi and Dr Sagheer Ahmad also spoke on the occasion.

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