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Politicia ns see slim chances of early LG polls


KARACHI: Leaders of different political parties said on Sunday that the Sindh government seemed not in favour of holding local government (LG) election in the province and there are slim chances of these polls in the near future. 
Talking to PPI, spokesman for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Sindh Dawa Khan Sabir said that his party was in favour of holding local bodies election as soon as possible as the local bodies are necessary for solving grassroots civic problems
“Solving sanitation and other civic problems is not the duty of MNAs and MPAs but responsibility of local government councillors,” he said and added that due to the absence of local governments for a long time, civic problems have gone out of control.
He said that his party was consulting to raise the issue in the Sindh Assembly and press the government to take serious steps for holding LG elections. 
Secretary Information Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Sindh chapter Ali Akbar Gujjar said that his party wants holing local bodies election as soon as possible not only in Sindh but in the whole country.
To a question, he said the provincial government might have some problems including law and order situation that is why it was avoiding holding LG elections. He said that he did not think that these polls could be held in the current year as the law and order situation is not good.
MPA Jam Madad Ali of Pakistan Muslim League-Function (PML-F) said that Pakistan People’s Party government had never held LG elections and present Sindh government also wanted to delay them using different tactics. He said that the issue was now in the court and that is why his party cannot comment. He said, however, after the court verdict if the government failed to show seriousness his party would raise the issue in Sindh Assembly with full force. 
Spokesman of Awami National Party (ANP) Sindh chapter Abdul Malik said that holding LG elections in Sindh particularly in Karachi is not appropriate during the prevailing law and order situation. 
“How can one hold public meetings and other election activities in the current lawlessness?” he asked.
To a question, he said that although ANP is not in favour of holding the local government elections before maintaining law and order, it would fully participate in these polls whenever they are held.
He said that he was not blaming the provincial government for shying away from the LG election as the overall security situation in not favourable.
Spokesman of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi chapter Zahid Askari said that his party has always demanded holing LG polls but the Sindh government wants to delay the matter. He said the JI would raise voice on every available forum for holding the LG poll. 
Taj Haider, general secretary of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Sindh, refused to comment.

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