Aamir Liaquat moves SHC against creation of Keamari district. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) MNA Aamir Liaquat Hussain on Monday moved a writ petition in the Sindh High Court (SHC) challenging the Sindh government’s decision of carving a seventh district out of Karachi.
He states in his petition that the PPP-led provincial government’s move to create Keamari district by bifurcating Karachi’s West district reeks of bias. It didn’t even take the local government into confidence on the creation of the new district, he added.
Aamir Liaquat claimed that the appointment of JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s brother Ziaur Rehman as the deputy commissioner of Karachi’s Central district was a part of this plan.
He said his petition enjoys the complete support of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
In a meeting on Aug 20, the Sindh cabinet approved creating a seventh district in the metropolis. Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah also proposed renaming South district as ‘Karachi District’. “The districts in the port city should be named after their popular areas,” suggested Murad.
Two days ago, Pak Sarzameen Party Chairman Mustafa Kamal lashed out at the Sindh government for what he called ‘robbing’ the district governments of their powers by dividing the mega city of Karachi into seven parts, including the creation of the Keamari district. He also dressed down the federal government for creating a committee to oversee Karachi’s issues, which he termed ‘a tactic to buy time’.
The Sindh cabinet, earlier this week, had given a go-ahead to establishing a seventh district in Karachi after bifurcating the existing district West – a decision that didn’t go down well with other political parties, including the PSP.
The PSP chairman argued that provinces were not empowered as a result of the 18th Amendment and instead it made the chief minister powerful to the extent that you may call him a ‘dictator’.
Disputing the usefulness of the 18th Amendment at the district level, he said the CM has concentrated the powers in his office without letting them trickle down to the grassroots levels. The Keamari district creation is not welcomed by most of the politicians.