KARACHI - MQM MPAs on Monday staged protest against the Sindh Local Government Amendment Ordinance-2013 here.

MQM parliamentary leader Sardar Ahmad while addressing the MQM parliamentary committee meeting in Sindh Assembly chamber showed concern over not bringing the Ordinance into assembly.

He said the SLG Amendment Ordinance was a black law through which rural and urban population of the province would be divided.

Talking to the media men, he said the rights of the people of Sindh had been seized through the ordinance while the amendments had already been effective from September 16, 2013.

MQM deputy parliamentary leader Khawaja Izharul Hassan terming the PPP a rural party said, “The provincial government has wanted to keep its command and control intact through bureaucracy and snatching the powers of a common man.” 

Political parties in the province should be provided equal opportunities for participation in the Local Bodies’ polls but the Sindh government has designed the ordinance to obtain its desired results in the polls, he added.

He said such practice of Sindh government would put a question mark on the fair, free and transparent LB polls and it would also shatter people’s confidence on the Election commission of Pakistan.

Later, the MPAs along with the party workers carrying placards and chanting slogans against the SLG ordinance marched from the Sindh Assembly building to Karachi Press Club.

Talking to media men at Karachi Press Club, MQM’s Dr Saghir Ahmed said the PPP wanted to divide Sindh and spreading hate among the people of the province.

Rejecting the SLG Amendment Ordinance, he demanded the judiciary and the ECP to take immediate notice of the issue. 

Meanwhile, Sindh Minister for Information, Archives and Local Government Sharjeel Memon while rejecting allegations of the MQM has said with the passage of SLGO (Amended) 2013, Sindh’s unity would not be divided but strengthened.

It would address the frustration and despondency present among the people of the province.

Talking to the media persons here on Monday, he said the Sindh Local Government (Amendment) Act-2013 was passed from the Sindh Assembly and hence it was an affront to the elected lawmakers to declare the SLGO (Amended) 2013 as illegal and unconstitutional. Declaring the SLGO (Amended) as unconstitutional and illegal was tantamount to insulting the privilege of the MPAs.

Brushing aside the allegations leveled by the MQM against the PPP, the minister asked the MQM as what it wanted to prove and achieve with such baseless allegations. The people of Sindh had always rejected those who talked about breaching the unity of Sindh and they would again discard them for their ill designs against the unity of the province.

Memon said the PPP had no concern over the MQM’s announcement to move the court against the SLGO (Amended).

He said it was only the PPP which had the potential to keep the federation in the country.

The PPP had first raised voice for holding the LG elections in the country. It agreed upon to conduct the Local Government elections on January 18 as announced by the ECP despite unfavourable situation for conducting the polls in the province. It was Benazir Bhutto Shaheed who had pioneered the tradition of reconciliation in the country, he said.

Memon said it was the PPP alone that had always showed great resistance to the military dictatorships in the country and laid countless sacrifices for the democracy.

“The PPP had always reached the power corridors with the power of people’s votes and hence it is quite ridiculous to put an allegation on us that the PPP found backdoors to reach the power corridors,” he added.