‘Karachi has become a garbage dump’: MQM leaders lament delay in mayor’s election

KARACHI: Lambasting the PPP-led Sindh provincial government and the authorities for the delay in mayoral elections and those of vice-chairman and chairman of district councils and district municipal corporations, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leaders lamented that for the last six months, powers have not been transferred.

“Six months have gone by since the local government elections were held but, the system is not being enforced,” said the party’s mayor-nominee, Wasim Akhtar. He was addressing a press conference at a ground in Federal B Area of Pakistan’s commercial hub on Saturday.

Wasim Akhtar addressing a press conference at a ground in Federal B Area on Saturday. PHOTO: EXPRESS
Wasim Akhtar addressing a press conference at a ground in Federal B Area on Saturday. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Local government elections were held in the country only because of the court’s orders, he claimed. Sindh government is not interested in the local government system and is delaying its implementation by bringing changes in the law again and again, he added.

The mayor nominee requested that the Supreme Court ensure the elections were held within the next 60 days. “I urge the prime minister to visit Karachi and see for himself the problems being faced by the people of the city.”

The MQM leader also said that because of the government’s inefficiency, Karachi has become a garbage dump. The government is not focusing on Karachi and is just focusing on Panama Papers, he remarked.

Flanked by the MQM’s nominee for deputy mayor, he said that Karachi is being run under a feudal system.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has announced that elections for the post of mayor, deputy mayor, six district chairmen and vice-chairperson of 448 local committee seats of Karachi would be held on June 8 as nomination papers were being issued on Friday.

The local government elections in Karachi were held on December 5, 2015. The final list of candidates and their electoral symbols would be issued on June 1st and after polling on June 8th, final results would be announced on June 9th.

The polls were held in Karachi’s 209 union committees (UCs) on December 5th last year and were contested by all major parties including MQM, PTI, JI, PPP and PML-N. There are 51 UCs in Karachi’s Central District, 46 in West, 37 in Korangi, 31 each in East and South and 13 in Malir District.

As reported in The Express Tribune and The News Intl.

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