KARACHI - Former Karachi Mayor Syed Mustafa Kamal yesterday named his newly formed political party as “Pak Sarzameen Party”, saying a team of intellectuals was working on its manifesto which would be unveiled soon.

Kamal made this announcement during a ceremony held in a banquet hall of Clifton Block 4 area of Karachi. The other six members of the party, Anis Qaimkhani, Dr Sagheer Ahmed, Waseem Aftab, Iftikhar Alam, Raza Haroon and Anis Advocate, were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on this occasion, Kamal said: “On the auspicious occasion of the Pakistan Day, we formally announce the name of our party as Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP). Our party’s objective is to unite the people of the country and Pakistani flag would be its flag. We are not here to grab the position of those in powers. The people should know that we all already had power and positions, but we threw away these privileges for the sake of the people,” said PSP leader Kamal.

He said: “The people have witnessed that during our four-year LG government era, we served every citizen of Karachi. I want to tell the people of Pakistan that our county has a broken infrastructure and it is also unfortunate that we also have broken hearts as the people have been divided into Shia, Sunni, Barevli and Deobandi. It is saddening that even outside Pakistan we are not Pakistanis,” he added.

“As per the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the party should have a party flag and we will give one to ECP soon, but in our homes and offices we will only hoist national flag,” said Kamal, adding no law can stop a citizen from carrying its national flag.

“Anyone who raises the national flag whether affiliated with PTI, PPP, PML-N, PML-Q and ANP or from any ethnicity, race or colour, it will be our responsibility to treat them as our own,” maintained Kamal.

Talking about the manifesto of PSP, he said after the launching of the party, a larger number of people, including intellectuals and thinkers, had contacted them. Currently, a larger team of intellectuals were working on the manifesto of the party and it would be unveiled soon, he added.

Calling for the immediate enforcement of a devolved local government system across the country as per Article 140-A of the Constitution, Kamal said that the LG system is the demand of every citizen and “I believe all issues of citizens will be addressed through a devolved LG system.”

Talking about the formation of new provinces in the country, the PSP leader was of the view that there were many complexities in forming new provinces in the country. A devolved LG system will be necessary in case of setting new provinces while a common man can play a role of NAB if the powers are devolved to union council level, he added.

He lamented no work has been done to improve national urban infrastructure and development of new cities. Further delay in making the national urban plan would put the potential of cities at risk, said Kamal. The PSP leader further announced the party’s first procession would be held at Bagh-e-Jinnah, Karachi, in April. He also appealed to the rulers and the authorities concerned to give general amnesty to the youth of Karachi and Hyderabad for the sake of Pakistan.