Sindh government spokesperson Barrister Murtaza Wahab confirmed on Sunday the formation of a committee comprising members of the PPP, PTI and the MQM-P to resolve Karachi’s issues.
The committee will include three representatives each of the Centre and the provincial government, said Wahab. Chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, the committee will have provincial ministers Nasir Hussain Shah and Saeed Ghani of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), and representing the Centre, it will have federal ministers Asad Umar and Ali Zaidi of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), and Aminul Haque of the Muttahida Quami Movement-Pakistan, apprised Wahab.
The committee will remove obstacles hindering development work, said Wahab, adding that the PPP-led Sindh government was always willing to work together for the betterment of the province. If the governments work together problems can be resolved, he said.
Meanwhile, referring to the committee, provincial minister Nasir Hussain Shah said that the committment of the three political parties to work together for the betterment of Karachi was a welcome development.
The province and the metropolis have made record progress under the leadership of PPP Chairperson and MNA Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, opined Shah. The alliance of the three parties will not please the enemies of Karachi, he added.
“The provincial government will welcome any individual or party who will work for Karachi’s progress,” he said, adding that the Sindh government welcomed the federal government and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) when it came to cleaning the city’s drains.
Bilawal inaugurated development projects worth billions, said Shah, claiming that this could not be seen in any other province of the country.
There have been at least two rounds of talks between the federal and Sindh governments with regards to resolving problems faced by the people of the province, including Karachiites.
Since the Centre directed NDMA to clean storm water drains in Karachi, rumours have been afloat speculating the federal government’s moves regarding the metropolitan city. They were further feuled by Attorney General of Pakistan Khalid Javed stating before the Supreme Court that the federal government was considering various legal and constitutional options for the city.
On Friday, CM Murad Ali Shah dismissed the idea of handing over administrative control of the provincial capital to the Centre.
“If anyone has developed any idea of separating Karachi from Sindh, they should take it out of their mind,” he said, warning that the province’s people would resist such plans.
The CM said the notion of ruling the port city from the Centre, with the PTI at the helm, was not plausible. “Karachi is not the PTI government’s cup of tea.”
He argued that Sindh’s people had given their mandate to the PPP, adding that no provision in the constitution allowed federal rule over a provincial capital. “This is merely wishful thinking by some politically and constitutionally empty-minded people.”