HYDERABAD: Center leader Pak Sarzameen’s Party, Shabbir Ahmed Qaimkhani, has held the mayor of Karachi directly responsible for the state of the shabby metropolitan city after heavy rains and said if he cleaned the waterways before the arrival of the rainy season, the city might not be submerged in rain water. now.
Qaimkhani, who is president of the Sindh council council, said at a press conference at the party’s office in Latifabad on Monday that the Qaumi-Pakistan Muttahida Movement would face popular anger in the election because of its failure to deliver goods. The elected Hyderabad public representative also disappointed their voters, he said.
He said that this government had failed to provide assistance to people and keep prices of important commodities such as sugar, flour and milk that had witnessed an unprecedented increase.
He said that many factories had closed due to uncontrolled loading in Karachi where 12,000 industrial units were used to export products. Despite high claims for the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, no progress has been seen in the province over the past 12 years of party rule, he said, wondering where billions of rupees had been spent.
He said that the PPP had made false claims of development in Sindh while the MQM was destroying city centers in the province. Karachi has turned into a septic after only one heavy rain spell and if even the chairman of the union committee has spent monthly income in their area, the situation will be different, he said.
If this rain comes to Hyderabad, it will wreak havoc to this city where people have chosen MQM for 35 years, he said.
He said that the MQM mayors in Karachi, Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas faced criticism of their voters and urged people to hold their representatives to account.
He asked MQM leaders to explain to people why they could not yet give Hyderabad a university and said that the party could no longer fool people.
Qaimkhani said that MQM leaders used to criticize Imran Khan but now they sit on the right and left. The number of MQM seats has decreased considerably in the last election reflecting public disappointment at the party.
The PPP could not develop even Larkana where it had lost election breaks and was ridiculed by the PSP when holding a public meeting there, he said.
He said that everyone took part in looting Karachi but no one was responsible for owning it. The state must pay attention to the increasing sense of inadequacy in cities so that people do not take extreme steps to take back their rights, he warned.
He said that people are demanding their rights, not weapons.
Names of local agency representatives must be included in the exit control list and local government audits must be carried out. The PSP will take part in the LG election, he said.
Published in Dawn, 28 July, 2020
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