ISLAMABAD: On one side the PTI government wants the implementation of Article 140-A in Sindh, on the other side it dissolved the local governments in Islamabad, Punjab and KPK, where it ruled.
This is important to know that the local governments in Punjab were dissolved three months ago and were not restored even on the order of the Supreme Court. These LGs are now focused on the apex court’s next hearing on June 24, 2021 in this regard.
As far as the capital city is concerned, the local government here completed its five-year term in February, 2021 and needed to be restored through new elections within six months as per the Constitution which seems impossible currently after passage of five months unattended in terms of delimitations and other mandatory formalities which were to be started three months before the elections.
PTI led government supports the implementation of Article 140-A in Sindh that relates to the restoration of Local governments, Fawad Chaudhry said
In a press conference at Karachi on Sunday, Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry categorically said that the PTI led government believed in the supremacy of the Constitution and supported the implementation of 140-A which enabled the LG system in the provinces with all due political, administrative and financial powers as defined by the Constitution; so as to address the basic issues of people at their doorsteps. The minister claimed that under the NFC Award, Rs1,800 billion were given to the Sindh government however it could not be ascertained where this money was spent.
How can Fawad Chaudhry comment on the implementation of 140-A when his own government is not ready to do it in Punjab and KPK?, Narowal mayor wondered
Criticizing Mr Fawad, Mayor of District Council Narowal Ahmed Iqbal wondered how the information minister could demand the implementation of 140-A when his own government went against the LG system in two provinces and the capital.
He regretted that despite the apex court’s orders, the Punjab government was not ready to restore the LGs and creating resistance in this connection. He added that they were looking at the apex court to grill the provincial government for not implementing its order about the restoration of the LGs in June 24 hearing. He mentioned that the LGs in Narowal, Sahiwal, Gurjat, Rawalpindi and Bahawalpur started their work however they had to face resistance from the provincial government.
In Islamabad, LGs completed their five-year tenure in this February however the appointed administrator could not start work related to the next elections which were to be conducted within six months. Political circles raised their concerns over the non-serious attitude of the government as even the delimitation of constituencies could not be started yet.
PPP stalwart Farhatullah Babar said the PTI government dissolved the LGs in KP after four years and now it was not ready to put it in place even on the directive of the Supreme Court. He added that the situation was same in other provinces including Punjab and FATA. Replying to the question of holding next LG polls in Sindh, the former senator said that the provincial government was trying to fix issues related to the delimitation of constituencies. He added that they would soon start the delimitation process so that the LG might restore in Sindh as early as possible.