Sindh govt should take back local government act 2021, restore old law: Siraj

The Nation  |  Jan 27, 2022

Emir Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Sirajul Haq has asked the Sindh government to take back the local government act 2021 and restore the old law.

In a statement issued from Mansoorah on Thursday, he said the PPP provincial government must understand that the violence and stubbornness were not solutions to the problem.

The JI has already challenged the Sindh local government (amendment) bill 2021 in the High Court and its Karachi chapter has been holding a sit-in in front of the Sindh Assembly for over a month. A large number of people including children and elders are participating in the protest.

Sirajul Haq said the act was illegal and in violation of Article 140A of the constitution.

He said the PTI's biggest slogan of holding across-the-board accountability and checking the corruption was badly exposed in three and half years. The corruption perception indexes of the past three years by Transparency International showed the rampant corruption in the country. He said the rule of law and accountability were the words that were limited to the dictionaries when it came to the case of Pakistan.

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The JI chief said the ruling elite looted the country's wealth and stashed their money in shell companies. He said the Pandora leaks and Panama papers exposed the country's elite. He said the majority of the names mentioned in both the leaks belonged to the ruling party and two major opposition groups.

He said the three parties which had been ruling over the country were clubs of feudal lords and waders. He said the political parties should introduce democracy within their ranks when they talked about people's rule generally.

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