Chandio refutes MQM’s allegations

KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) is blaming Sindh government for the passage of a Bill that pertained to selection of Mayor of the city of Karachi and Chairmen of the District Municipal Corporations (DMC) through ‘shows of hands. In fact, the Sindh government got that Bill passed from the Sindh Assembly while accepting the demands from all political parties in Sindh that were PTI, PML-N, ANP, JUI-F, JI and others. These political parties had through letters demanded of the Election Commission, chief secretary, and secretary local government that the selection of local government representatives through show of hands and not through secret ballot. Therefore, the MQM’s allegations and heated campaign with statements is meant to malign the Sindh government.

Adviser to the Sindh Chief Minister (CM) for Information, Maula Bux Chandio said this while addressing a press conference at the PPP Media Cell Sindh on Thursday. PPP Karachi Division President Syed Najmi Alam, Adviser to the CM for Law Murtaza Wahab, PPP Karachi Division Information Secretary Latif Mughal and Deputy Information Secretary Syed Manzoor Abbas were present on this occasion.

He said that selection of local government representatives for reserved seats is not possible on party basis, which is a legal bonding as per law and as per the judgment of the apex court. He said that the elections for the Mayor and Chairmen in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were conducted through divisions while Punjab government also changed the whole procedure.

He said the Sindh government did not want to disturb the given schedule of the election commission and hence a Bill was tabled in the provincial assembly and passed.