Friday December 03, 2021

After PSP, PTI Challenges Sindh LB Amendment Bill 2021 In SHC

KARACHI: After Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP), the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Friday challenged Sindh Local Bodies (Amendment) Bill, 2021 in the Sindh High Court (SHC), .

Opposition leader in Sindh Assembly Abdul Haleem Sheikh and PTI MPA Khurram Sher Zaman and others filed a petition in the SHC. The speaker Sindh Assembly, chief secretary Sindh, secretary local government and secretary Election Commission of Pakistan have been made respondents.

Terming the Sindh LB amendment bill against the constitution, the PTI leader have pleaded with the court to strike down the law.

β€œThe bill is in contradiction with the articles 7,8,32 and 140 of the constitution of Pakistan,” the plea read and added that as per the constitution of Pakistan, the powers should be transferred to gross root level.

The approval of the bill will deprive the local governments for their basic rights and powers, the plea read.

Last week, the Sindh Assembly had unanimously passed Sindh Local Government (Amendment) Bill, 2021. The bill was presented in the provincial assembly by Sindh Minister for Local Government Syed Nasir Hussian Shah.

Opposition parties including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) opposed the new local government bill.

Under the new bill, District Councils and Municipal Corporations (DMCs) will be abolished in Karachi and a town system would be restored in each division of the province.

Karachi will be divided into more than 25 towns under the new LG system, according to a bill.

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