Politicians see slim chances of early LG polls

KARACHI: Leaders of different political parties on Sunday opined that the Sindh government seemed not in favour of holding local bodies’ election in the province, and there are slim chances of these polls in near future.

Talking to PPI, spokesman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Sindh Dawa Khan Sabir said that his party was in favour of holding local bodies election as soon as possible as the local bodies are necessary for solving grassroots civic problem, “Solving sanitation and other civic problems is not the duty of MNAs and PMAs but the responsibility of local government councillors,” he said and added that due to the absence of local governments for a long time, there the civic problems have gone out of control.

He said that his party was consulting to raise the issue in the Sindh assembly and press the government to take serious steps for holding LG elections.

Secretary Information Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Sindh chapter Ali Akbar Gujar said that his party wants holing local bodies election as soon as possible not only in Sindh but the whole country.

To a question he said that provincial government might have some problems including law and order situation that is why it was avoiding holding LG elections. He said that he did not think that these polls could be held in the current year as the law and order situation is not good.

MPA Jam Madad Ali of Pakistan Muslim League-Function (PML-F) said that Pakistan People Party government had never held LG elections and present Sindh government also wanted to delay them with different tactics. He said that the issue was now in the court that is why his party cannot comment. He said however, after the court verdict if the government failed to show seriousness his party would raise the issue in Sindh assembly with full force.

Spokesman Awami National Party (ANP) Sindh chapter Abdul Malik said that holding LG elections in Sindh particularly in Karachi is not appropriate during the prevailing law and order situation. “How one can hold public meetings and other election activities in the current lawlessness,” he asked.

To a question, he said though ANP is not in favour of holding the local government elections before maintaining law and order but would fully participate in these polls whenever they are held.

He said that he was not blaming the provincial government for shying away from the LG election as the overall security situation in not favourable.

Spokesman Jamaat-e-Islami(JI) Karachi chapter Zahid Askari said that his party has always demanded holing of LG polls but the Sindh government wants to delay the matter. He said that JI would raise voice on every available forum for holding the LG poll.

Taj Haider, General Secretary Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Sindh, when contacted refused to comment.