ISLAMABAD: The Sindh Assembly has approved the amended local government bill that it claims will transfer some of the powers that the provincial government has to metropolitan corporations.
“This bill is as per the will of the people of Sindh,” said Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Saturday on the floor of the house.
This is the second time the Sindh government has taken a stab at changing the law. The first version was passed by the Sindh Assembly last month, but it was rejected by Governor Imran Ismail, who has to give his assent for any law to become an act. Imran Ismail had sent the Local Government (Amendment) Bill back to the assembly, asking it to reconsider at least nine points he raised.
But on Saturday, the PPP-led treasury benches rejected the amendments proposed by the governor to the original bill. In reaction, the Opposition parties (read: PTI, MQM, GDA) in the assembly protested against the treasury (read: PPP) in front of the Speaker’s desk.