KARACHI - City Mayor Wasim Akhtar on Thursday visited Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi head office, Idara Noor-e-Haq, and vowed to work with the JI for betterment of Karachi.

He thanked JI Karachi chief Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman for a warm welcome and his assurance of cooperation. He said that various political parties were pitted against each other in the past. As a result, he said, people’s elected representatives could not deliver.

Akhtar said he had a good team and wanted those in the corridors of power to let him deliver. He said the JI had expertise in handling local matters and it worked for the city in the past. “We want them to come forward and work with us for the benefit of the city and its people,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Naeem-ur-Rehman said that Karachi was bigger than 100 countries in the world and a positive thinking was needed to run it. “We cannot live with heaps of garbage and broken roads,” he said.

He said the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) had power in the form of workforce; it had a great worker base. He asked the MQM to bring back its workers and change the prevailing situation in the city.

He assured the mayor of complete cooperation of his party for development and progress of Karachi.

Cleanliness drive to be

extended in future

Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhter has said that people from different walks of life are supporting him in the 100- day cleanliness drive.

He expressed these views while talking to media representatives after launching the cleanliness campaign in Shah Faisal Colony near Shama Shopping Centre on Thursday morning.

He stressed the need for together cleaning the city and bringing improvement in its road infrastructure.

He was accompanied by MNA Sanjay Barwani, MPA Nishat Zia Qadri, Aamir Moeen Pirzada, DMC Korangi Chairman Nayyar Raza and others.

The mayor said condition of schools and dispensaries would also be improved during the drive in the selected union councils with the provision of 1.2 million pure blocks for streets, 4 thousand main-hole covers and LED bulbs in four union councils of Korangi.

He said that the MNAs and MPAs were also with him in the campaign.

“We will jointly work for solving citizen’s problems and leave it to the people to differentiate between those who want to work and who do not,” he said, and added, “People of Karachi have elected us through their votes and it is our duty not to let them down and provide all possible facilities to them.”

Wasim said cleaning and repairing of the roads would be done on a priority basis during the drive.

“The citizens of Karachi, including NGOs, should join hands with us,” he said, and added, “The local government is deprived of its powers. However, we have come out on the roads with good intentions and despite shortage of funds and resources we will succeed in resolving problems of the city.”

The mayor further said that he was going to talk to all the parties. “So far, I have met with the leaders of ANP, PTI and Jamat-e-Islami who have assured me of their full support in making the cleanliness drive successful,” he added.

He said the people could not be made idiots. “We want to deliver but have our hands tied. This city is running the whole country, and now its citizens have stopped demanding and only thinking about the removal of garbage and ensuring cleanliness,” he said, and added,

“Start of these works in other three districts of Karachi is also under consideration, and the concerned administration has been approached for this. Soon this drive will begin in these districts too.”