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August 8, 2011

Nationalists reject two systems, call strike today

August 8, 2011

HYDERABAD: Various nationalist parties of Sindh on Sunday rejected the dual local government systems in Sindh after the end to the commissionerate system in Hyderabad and Karachi, and called for a province-wide strike against the decision today (Monday).
The Awami Tehrik, Jeay Sindh Qaumi Movement (JSQM), Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party (STPP), Jeay Sindh Tehrik and other nationalist parties rejected the decision to revive the old LG system in Karachi and Hyderabad and run the rest of the province under the commissionerate system. They termed this a conspiracy to divide Sindh.
The Sindh National Front (SNF) Chairman, Mumtaz Ali Bhutto, said the decision to revive the local government system in Karachi and Hyderabad and continue the commissionerate system in the rest of Sindh was a conspiracy of the rulers to divide the province.
He asked his party cadres to hold protest demonstrations all over Sindh and also join the protests of other nationalist parties. He summoned an emergency meeting of the executive committee of his party at his Karachi residence tomorrow (Tuesday). — PPI
Online adds from Islamabad: Central Vice President of ANP, MNA Bushra Gohar, Sunday said the Awami National Party (ANP) was not taken into confidence on the recent deal for peace in Karachi.
Commenting on the recent deal between the PPP and MQM in an exclusive chat with Online, she said that the situation in the provincial metropolis was critical and deals behind doors were not a viable option.
The central leader of the ANP, also a close ally of the ruling PPP, said that so far no strategy for durable peace has been formulated. “All stakeholders should be taken into confidence and a solution across the board should be finalised,” she said, adding that de-weaponisation would be a good strategy if sincerely implemented.
She said that mafias ruled Karachi and killings and violence followed whenever someone spoke against them. She said that action would have to be

initiated against these mafias. The MNA said the ANP rejected the reversal of the commissionerate system in Karachi and Hyderabad only. “This is a step to divide Sindh between MQM and others,” she said. She maintained that the political process was the only solution and division would intensify in the long run.
Bushra Gohar said the ANP realised the existence of MQM and they (MQM) should also accept the reality of other groups. She said Karachi was neither the property of the MQM nor ANP but belonged to everyone. “The people of Karachi, the labourers and others also have the right to live a peaceful life,” she said. “Political leadership from all stakeholders should jointly consider maintaining peace and improving the situation in Karachi.”
Meanwhile, the ANP has called its parliamentary party meeting today (Monday) in the Parliament House over the issue of the annulment of the commissionerate system in Karachi and Hyderabad.
ANP Information Secretary Zahid Khan told Online that ANP senior vice president Bushra Gohar called the meeting because the ANP believes reversing the administrative system in only two locations would divide the Sindh province. He said that his party was not taken into confidence over the decision. “The Sindh chapter of ANP has reservations regarding the decision and the meeting would consider the decision,” he added.
SANA adds: Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan held a secret meeting with the JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman during his recent visit to Islamabad.
According to sources, in this secret meeting Ishratul Ebad and Maulana Fazlur Rehman discussed the overall political situation of the country and relations among the political parties. Both eaders also discussed the future relations between MQM and JUI-F. The Maulana thanked the MQM for supporting the JUI-F candidate, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, as opposition leader in Senate.
Fazlur Rehman is also likely to meet President Asif Ali Zardari tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. In another development, President Asif Ali Zardari has summoned Sindh Chief Minister and provincial ministers today (Monday) to discuss the latest situation emerging after the accord with the MQM. The president summoned Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq, Senior Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza, Agha Siraj Durrani, Ayaz Soomro and others to discuss the situation after the agreement with the MQM.
According to a private TV channel, the protest call by nationalist parties against the restoration of the local government system in Hyderabad and Karachi will also be discussed at the meeting.

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