Bilawal backs Sindh local govt amendment bill


On Monday, Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said the Sindh Local Government (Amendment) Bill 2021 was the best amongst all provinces.

Taking an apparent dig at the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), he said those who used to badmouth the country are criticizing the bill of public interest.

The PPP chairman was addressing a press conference in Karachi.

Last week, the Sindh Local Government Act was passed with several amendments in a chaotic session marked by a protesting opposition’s loud chants.

“Karachiites believe that the Peoples Party can resolve their issues,” he said, adding that everybody had the right to criticize, but they should not lie.

He said the law introduced by the PPP did not exist in any other province.

He mentioned that his party had been making progress in Lahore, adding the people of Lahore and Karachi had pinned hopes on PPP.

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The chairman added that PPP was regaining its lost trust amongst the masses as “we believe in serving the masses rightly.”

Bilawal said that PPP had been allotting houses since 1970, while “PTI has copied this initiative now.”

“PPP understands the problems of the citizens,” Bilawal boasted, highlighting that his party had given additional powers to local body representatives.

Praising the tenure of Asif Zardari as the president, the scion of the Bhutto dynasty said his father gave all the powers to the Parliament.

“PTI is bringing systems of its own choice in Punjab. The control of the health and education system has been snatched from the representatives of the local government in Islamabad,” he said.

Moreover, he said that property taxes would go to local bodies under the new Act. “If local bodies collect their own taxes, there will be no problem with the budget,” he maintained.

“Police, education and health sectors will be answerable to the local body representatives.

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