Commissionerate system restored in Sindh; MQM stages PA walkout
KARACHI: The provincial assembly of Sindh approved a bill on Thursday repealing the Sindh Peoples Local Government Act 2012 (SPLGA) and restoring commissionerate system in the province, DawnNews reported.
Opposition members of the provincial assembly belonging to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) shouted slogans and staged a walkout against the passage of the bill.
The bill seeking to repeal the SPLGA was moved by Provincial Law Minister Ayaz Soomro which was immediately passed into law.
According to the Sindh People’s Local Government Act, 2012, district Metropolitan Corporations were constituted for the areas of the districts of Karachi, Hyderabad, Larkana, Sukkur and Mirpurkhas.
The passed legislation breaks Karachi back into five districts and restores the commissioner system to the areas.
The treasure benched expressed jubilation over the passage of the law which restored the commissioner system by reviving the Sindh Local Government Ordinance of 1979.
MQM lawmaker Faisal Sabzwari addressed the assembly and said that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had imposed the local government system of former military ruler Zia-ul-Haq, following which MQM members staged a walk out from the assembly in protest.