This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
The Sindh Assembly adopted a bill to repeal the Sindh Peoples Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012 while restoring the Local Bodies Act of 1979. The act implies that Sindh’s two major coalition partners are nowhere near a truce. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) legislators slammed the decision with heated protest and walked out of the house shouting “hum nahen mantay, zulm ke zabte” [we don’t accept these barbaric rules].
Law Minister Ayaz Soomro presented the bill titled “Sindh (Repeal of SPLGA 2012 and revival of SLGO 1979) 2013” which is allegedly aimed to improve the delivery of municipal services and provide justice and equal opportunities to all the people of the province. The motion was not on agenda and was repealed within 10 minutes.
MQM’s Faisal Subzwari said: “A few months ago, the PPP leaders were telling the people of Sindh that the SPLGA, 2012, was a Nuskha-e-Keemia (panacea of all ills).”
On the other hand, Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq says if the MQM had the moral courage, they would have listened to PPP’s replies to their charges instead of walking out.
“They left the PPP-led government three times and stabbed it in the back. Today the MQM’s political game has ended,” he added. “The PPP would never act against the interests of Sindh and today we have proved it.”
Information Minister Sharjeel Memon said: “We have answered the reservations of the people of Sindh. This is the beauty of democracy as it listens to the masses while dictatorship doesn’t.”