Sindh looking to disempower local bodies: Asad Umar

Sindh looking to disempower local bodies: Asad Umar

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Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar addressing a press conference in Karachi on January 2, 2022. — PID

KARACHI: Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar on Sunday censured the Sindh government for “looking to disempower local bodies”.

His remarks, during a press conference in the city, follow the provincial government bulldozing amendments to the Sindh Local Government (Amendment) Bill, 2021 last month.

The bill had earlier been passed by the Sindh Assembly the month prior but was sent back by the governor who did not approve of it.

But then in a subsequent session, the treasury passed the amended bill as the Opposition staged a walkout.

Umar in his address said that the local government law in Sindh is “unconstitutional” and “incomplete democracy”.

He said that the federal government has filed a petition against the bill, adding that the provincial government “seeks to endanger Pakistan”.

The minister said that the 18th Amendment to the Constitution had greatly enhanced powers of all the provinces.

He noted that PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s sister had remarked earlier that the province is barred from buying vaccinations under the law.

“What law is it that prevents the Sindh government from buying vaccines for its citizens?” Umar asked.

“If there is such a law, let us know and we will change it,” he added.

The minister said that the Centre wants all provinces to “fulfil their responsibilities”.

Speaking of the production and distribution of wheat in Sindh, he said that investigations by the National Accountability Bureau show Rs20 billion worth of theft of the crop.

“And they say that rats ate it up,” the minister said, adding: “I don’t know if these were human rats or what.”

He went on to say that in Sindh the price of wheat flour is higher than that in Punjab.


More to follow.



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