KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Sunday staged a massive protest in Karachi against the new local government system and delimitation of constituencies.
Addressing the protesters, MQM leaders said that the new local government system was a conspiracy to divide Sindh. Describing it as a black law, they said that it was a conspiracy to split the province on administrative basis. MQM leader Khalid Maqbool said: “We have gathered here to reject the new LG law, not democracy.” “Some people want MQM to boycott the LG elections. But if it happens, nobody would be able to contest.”
Senior MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi said that any law that is in conflict with Article 140 A is unconstitutional and undemocratic. The MQM leaders said that their peaceful protest would continue unless the “black law” was not completely withdrawn in Sindh. Raja Izharul Hasan said that the MQM rejects Sindh Local Government Amendment Bill, which was recently passed by the Sindh Assembly amid the opposition’s protest. Hasan termed it as a “black law” and said that except a single party, all other parties have rejected this bill and challenged it in the court.
He was optimistic about justice from the court. “We are hopeful the courts will provide justice and declare the law that usurps rights of people as void.” He said the government made such laws to crush the opponents.
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