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Changes in Sindh's LG law 'danger to Pakistan', says Asad Umar

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Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar on Sunday termed the recent amendments to the Sindh local government law "a danger to Pakistan", saying it divested the public representatives at the grassroots level of powers and autonomy.


The amended local government bill was passed by the Sindh Assembly on Nov 26, 2021 amid strong protest and boycott of the proceedings by the opposition parties, who objected to what termed the curtailment of powers of elected representatives under the new legislation.

The opposition parties — mainly Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, Jamaat-i-Islami, Pak Sarzameen Party and Grand Democratic Alliance — in the province have been staging protests and clamouring to repeal the amendments.

PSP chairman Syed Mustafa Kamal, whose party has no representation in the assembly, had also announced launching what he called a decisive movement from Jan 2 against the LG law.

In his presser in Karachi today, Umar said Pakistan would continue to be embroiled in "tension" until provinces, Sindh in particular, fairly devolved powers at the grassroots level. "The devolution of power to the local level is quite necessary for democracy and governance in the country."

The minister said an each province comprised people from different ethnic backgrounds and "for that reason, the entire country should not be run from Islamabad, as we need to empower the lower segment," he added.

Umar said the government would keep raising its voice in the parliament and continue the legal battles until the "unreasonable" amendments to the local government law in Sindh were revoked.

The local government bill has already become a law despite the fact that the governor had refused to sign off on it.

As per constitutional requirement, the bill was sent to Sindh Governor Imran Ismail for his assent. However, he returned the legislation, with around 10 objections to the assembly for reconsideration.

On Dec 11, the ruling party had addressed some of the objections raised by the governor, including removing a clause that allowed election of mayor/chairman through secret ballot and reviving a condition that only an elected LG representative can contest the mayoral election when it got passed the LG bill again.

However, the provincial government had refused to return the functions of health and education to municipalities, which in the words of the opposition had been ‘snatched’ from the local governments. and passed the bill, before sending it to the governor again for his assent. This time, however, the bill became a law even without the governor's nod.

According to Article 116 of the Constitution: “When the Governor has returned a Bill to the Provincial Assembly, it shall be reconsidered by the provincial assembly and, if it is again passed, with or without amendment, by the provincial assembly, by the votes of majority of the members of the provincial assembly present and voting, it shall be again presented to the Governor and the Governor shall give his assent within 10 days, failing which such assent shall be deemed to have been given.

“When the Governor has assented or is deemed to have assented to a bill, it shall become law and be called an act of provincial assembly.”

With or without the governor’s assent, “After 12 days it [LG bill] will stand implemented automatically across the province,” a spokesperson for Governor House had said.

The law abolishes district municipal corporations in urban parts of the province, replacing them with town municipal corporations.

As per the amended bill, a metropolitan corporation would consist of over 5million people; municipal corporation between 300,000 to 5m; town in metropolitan corporation 500,000 to 750,000, town in municipal corporation 125,000 to 350,000; municipal committee 50,000 to 300,000; union committee in municipal corporation 45,000 to 75,000; union council 10,000 to 25,000 people.

The new bill has deprived the local government institutions of functions like education and health as they would deal only with municipal functions such as water, sanitation and garbage disposal.

 

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2 questions

1. Wasn't something similar implemented in Punjab?

2. Why can't federal government fire provincial government if her policies are deemed to be detrimental to national interest or policy?

Why the fake outrage?
 

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Punjab ka new local government system main mayors ka direct election hoga health education etc district government k pass hogi

I guess PPP will raise slogan of sehat and taleem slogan after successfully enjoying roti, kapra and makaan slogan in Punjab while raising slogan of good governance in Sindh.

If opposition doesn't agree to Sindh governments proposal, they can resign.
 

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2 questions

1. Wasn't something similar implemented in Punjab?

2. Why can't federal government fire provincial government if her policies are deemed to be detrimental to national interest or policy?

Why the fake outrage?
They have a powerful blackmailing tool, Sindh Card!!!
Even Army is afraid to touch them.
See how Crocodile zardari strutting around all over the world.
 

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They have a powerful blackmailing tool, Sindh Card!!!
Even Army is afraid to touch them.
See how Crocodile zardari strutting around all over the world.

Asif the wise has helped Imran Khan selflessly till now without playing any card.
 

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They are preparing for ethnic cleansing of Karachi - this is just another step
 

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They have a powerful blackmailing tool, Sindh Card!!!
Even Army is afraid to touch them.
See how Crocodile zardari strutting around all over the world.
Army is not afraid of PPP or Sindhis, but of the potential of urban Sindh which has all the ingredients to offset establishment's power and hold at the center. Establishment is actively colluding with PPP to keep urban Sindh down.
 

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Development of Pakistan is being stopped by sub saharan africans of subcontinent. They must be put down if Sindh and by extension Pakistan has to prosper.
Army is not afraid of PPP or Sindhis, but of the potential of urban Sindh which has all the ingredients to offset establishment's power and hold at the center. Establishment is actively colluding with PPP to keep urban Sindh down.

This guy gets it.

Urban Sindh is a threat to Establishment. Remember how they kept Fatima Jinnah out of power by accusing her of things she never did.

Sindhis are docile and weak race that can easily be destroyed if push comes to shove. Establishment is allowing these we wuzz 5000 sub saharans to keep urban sindh at bay.
 

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