JI criticizes Sindh government for failing to address rain issues

Karachi’s Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader, Hafiz Naeemur Rehman, on Saturday criticized the Pakistan People’s Party-led government in Sindh for ‘not handling Karachi’s situation during the ongoing heavy monsoon rains’ , which had resulted in the “flooded roads, severed sewage system and power supply system failure” and plagued the citizens.

Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters, Idara Noor-e-Haq, Rehman said rains in Karachi had flushed out cosmetic measures and government announcements regarding storm drain cleaning and preparedness.

“The looting of a development budget worth Rs. Karachi’s political administrator have contributed to increasing the mental pain of Karachiites,” he said.

He said the rains had severely affected a large number of areas including Orangi town, Mahmood Nullah, Gujjar Nullah and Surjani town.

“Government made some towering statements on Sharea Faisal and University Road but normal rain wreaked havoc on both roads,” he said.

The head of JI asked the government to declare a state of emergency in the areas affected by the rain. He also said 11 rain emergency centers had already been set up to handle the situation.

He castigated the political parties in Sindh and highlighted their role in relation to Karachi and the Karachiites.

He also pointed to the federal government’s double standards for citizens of Punjab and Sindh. He said major relief had been announced on electricity bills for customers in Punjab, but there was no relief for people in Sindh.

Similarly, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has shown a double standard in dealing with the issue of metro buses in Karachi and elsewhere in Punjab.

Speaking about the electricity crises, he said that a large number of senior officials in Sindh and the center are hand in hand with the K-Electric in “its white collar crime”. He repeated his request for a forensic audit of the accounts of the private company.

He also asked the government to ensure cleanliness on the auspicious occasion of Eidul Azha.

‘Delete Murtaza’

Rehman, speaking at a press conference, demanded the replacement of the PPP administrator in Karachi, Murtaza Wahab, with an apolitical administrator to ensure free and fair elections of local bodies in the city.

“The political administrator of a city even after the announcement of the election schedule of local bodies amounts to pre-election rigging and kidnapping from the electoral process. Under no circumstances is there room for Murtaza Wahab to continue as city administrator under the prevailing scenario,” he said on Friday.

Rehman said that apart from Wahab’s lousy performance, he should be removed from his position as his continued tenure had no legitimate grounds and it was against political ethics, the constitution, rules and regulations as well as democratic norms and values. .

The JI chief also castigated the Election Commission of Pakistan for ignoring the situation and called his Sindh branch an extension of the Pakistan People’s Party. He said the upper judiciary was supposed to take cognizance of the situation when the ECP was unable to do so.

He recalled that there are 64 average storm drains in Karachi, in addition to five large ones and hundreds of arteries, while the latest budget shows an allocation of Rs 1.20 billion for the cleanliness of these drains. The storm sewers are full of filth but I would like Murtaza Wahab to explain how much money was used to clean the sewers, he added.

Unfortunately, water supply and its drainage have become big problems in the city, he said, adding that a large number of parts of the city are supplied with water from pipes once a month and even two in some areas. The water supply system was destroyed in the city to bolster the tanker mafia, he added. He further stated that a just formula for the distribution of water in the city was the need of the hour.

He also expressed deep concerns about gerrymandering for local body elections and in particular asked the MQM to explain its current view on the matter because before joining the coalition government with the PPP, the MQM had launched a campaign against unfair boundaries in the city.

On occasion, while answering a question, he said that the JI opposes in principle the inclusion of the military in the electoral process and favors limiting the role of the military to maintain the public order during elections.

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