KARACHI - The ruling PPP and its ally MQM on Monday again discussed the draft law of local government but the meeting ended inconclusive as both sides have opposite opinion over the powers of the local government system.

A meeting of core committee of ruling Pakistan People’s party and Muttahida Qaumi Movement was held to deliberate over issue of local body system in the province, which was attended by the Local Government Minister Agha Siraj Durrani, Law Minister Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, Finance Minister Murad Ali Shah and Archives’ Minister Rafiq Engineer, while MQM’s federal minister Dr Farooq Sattar, Syed Sardar Ahmad and Kanwar Naveed and Wasay Jalil represented the MQM.

The meeting discussed clause by clause draft law but they could not reach on consensus due to complete difference on the issue of what powers to be devolved to the local government system.

The two parties deliberating on the new law of local government system from inception of the present PPP government but they have not reached on the consensus as both have different approach over the issue.

The both sides decided to meet again on the issue as they didn’t show flexibility in their stance. It may be noted that the ruling PPP has already filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against the verdict of Sindh High Court, which recently ordered the Sindh Government to hold local government elections within the 90 days.

Citing the anomalies in the current voter lists, lack of demarcation of the constituencies and other reasons, the PPP has requested the Supreme Court to override the verdict of the high court.

Sources said that the MQM wants new law of local government system with more powers to the local governments/district government and holding of local government elections under the verdict of Sindh High Court, that’s why the ruling PPP has not submitted the lawyer of governor, which was submitted in its appeal petition, which registrar sent back with an objection.

However, sources privy to the meeting of the PPP and MQM told TheNation that both the parties may not reach on consensus law of local government as both sides have opposite views over the powers of the local governments. The agreement between ruling allies - PPP and MQM is not in sight in coming months, sources said confidently.