Sindh Assembly revokes SPLGO, restores LB act of 1979


Sindh Assembly revokes SPLGO, restores LB act of 1979

KARACHI, (SANA): The Sindh Assembly on Thursday adopted a bill to revoke the Sindh Peoples Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012 while restoring the Local Bodies Act of 1979 for the Sindh province.

Sindh Law Minister Ayaz Soomro announced on Thursday that the government was withdrawing the Sindh Peoples Local Government Act 2012 (SPLGA) during a Sindh Assembly proceeding.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) members staged an in-house protest after the law minister made the announcement.

“If the SPLGA 2012 was meant to bring prosperity to the people of Sindh at that time [when the government passed it], then why is it not prosperous now?” MQM leader Faisal Sabzwari questioned while speaking in the assembly. Faisal Sabzwari termed the revocation of the SPLGO as injustice to the people of Sindh.

Faisal Sabzwari said that the provincial law minister had said that SPLGO was Sindh friendly and now they are of the view that the province could not prosper under the ordinance.

He expressed regret over the restoration of Local Government Act 1979, saying that it was declared a wrong act in the first place and now it has become the best.

The MQM leader said that it is very unfortunate that the majority in Sindh Assembly is either consisted of wrong or unjust people.

Faisal Sabzwari said that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had imposed the local government system of former military ruler Zia-ul-Haq, following which MQM members staged a walk out from the assembly in protest.

The lawmakers belonging to MQM later on staged demonstration outside the house, chanting slogans and condemning the decision.

Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro overruled their demand and kept shouting “order, order” during the chaos as MQM members continued interrupting him during the assembly proceeding.

PPP’s Pir Mazharul Haq addressed the house and defended the decision. He, however, said that “MQM members are our brethren but the way they protest is unparliamentary.” Sindh Local Government Minister Agha Siraj Durrani while addressing the session of Sindh Assembly paid rich tribute to the leadership of President Asif Ali Zardari, Bilwal Bhutto Zardari, Faryal Talpur and Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah. He said that the masses of Sindh guided the government to withdraw the new Sindh Peoples Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012. He said that this bill was made by a dictator while sitting in a room along with few selected people.

Meanwhile the speaker Sindh assembly did not allow the members to speak on the bill, adding that the resolution should be moved for holding of debate on the bill.

According to the Sindh People’s Local Government Act, 2012, district Metropolitan Corporations were constituted for the areas of the districts of Karachi, Hyderabad, Larkana, Sukkur and Mirpurkhas.

The passed legislation breaks Karachi back into five districts and restores the commissioner system to the areas.

The treasure benched expressed jubilation over the passage of the law which restored the commissioner system by reviving the Sindh Local Government Ordinance of 1979.

The SPLGA, which was passed by the Sindh Assembly on October 1, 2012, had been a major source of contention between the PPP-led coalition government and various nationalist groups in Sindh.
The law had envisaged six powerful metropolitan corporations in the province.

It was opposed by Sindhi leaders who called it a “dual system” which would create greater ethnic divides in Sindh. It was feared that the law would allow the mayors of the two cities to be given the same powers enjoyed by a chief minister.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) and Awami National Party and the National Peoples Party (NPP) left the coalition after the ordinance was first passed.

The 1979 Local Government Ordinance law will now come into effect.
The SPLGA was passed by the Sindh Assembly last year and was vehemently opposed by nationalist parties.

The ordinance was prepared after strong negotiations between Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the MQM.

Sources by: sananews