Federal govt will take the administrative control of Karachi; says Farogh Naseem

KARACHI: On Wednesday, it has been said by Farogh Naseem- the Federal Law Minister that situations in Sindh, especially in Karachi are more like that the Article 149 (4) of the Constitution could be invoked by the federal government in the metropolis.

While speaking to the reporters, Naseem said that, “This is my personal opinion and I will present it on front of the  Karachi Strategic Committee formed by Prime Minister Imran Khan.”

He further added that, “The proposal will be presented to the Prime Minister Imran Khan and the cabinet, if the committee agrees with my analysis. Then it will totally depend on them whether they want to invoke the article in Karachi or not.

On September 14, PM Imran Khan is scheduled to visit Karachi. The meeting of the Karachi Strategic Committee will be chaired during the visit.

According to the Article 149 (4) of the Constitution, The official expert of the Federation will likewise reach out to the giving of bearings to a territory with regards to the way where the executive authority thereof is to be practiced to forestall any grave hazard to the harmony, serenity or economic life of Pakistan or any part thereof.

Naseem said he bolsters the proclamation of Article 149 (4) in Karachi, including it isn’t the representative guideline yet is rather intended to take the regulatory control of Karachi without forcing crisis in the area.

He explained the idea of the Eighteenth Amendment which was to extend the provincial autonomy and provide increased empowerment of the third tier of the government that is the local government, under Article 7 of the Constitution.

Moreover, he said “But all the money and resources is taken by the provincial government and nothing is spent on the people. He also added that, the matter is not particularly related to Karachi. “In fact, it is the problem of nearly all the cities, towns and villages,” he added.

Farogh Naseem said that, “If no money is spent on the people, it means the provincial government has rendered its third-tier dysfunctional.”

Along these lines, under the pervasive conditions, the Eighteenth Amendment permits the instrument of Article 149 (4) to run the issues without making up any extraordinary strides, including the inconvenience of crisis.

Federal Law Minister further said that, “I would object if the governor rule is imposed”. “The Karachi situation is very bad and the infrastructure is lying in tatters,” he said.

A high-level committee was formed by Prime Minister Imran Khan earlier this week in order to come up with the short-, medium- and long-term initiatives for the betterment of Karachi.

Law Minister Naseem will lead the Karachi Strategic Committee, who is an ally of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) in the ruling coalition at the centre.

Its members include, Ali Zaidi- the Federal Maritime Affairs Minister, Major General Inam Haider Malik- the director-general of the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) and Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar- the Planning and Development Minister.

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