Centre mulls invoking Article 149 in Karachi

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    As Karachi reels under a crumbling infrastructure and a near collapse of civic amenities, Federal Law and Justice Minister Farogh Naseem on Wednesday hinted at making the country’s economic hub a separate administrative unit.

    The minister told The Express Tribune that one option with the federal government was to invoke Article 149(4).

    In a recent meeting, Prime Minister Imran Khan had formed a high-level committee headed by the federal law minister, to work out plans to address the issues being faced by the residents of Karachi.

    The committee has been asked to suggest short, medium and long-term measures for the betterment of Karachi.

    The law minister held the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government responsible for the woes of Sindh, particularly those of Karachi.


    “Through Article 149(4) the Centre can request the provincial government to hand over administrative control of Karachi to the former,” the minister said.

    He warned the provincial government that the Centre would move the Supreme Court in case the proposal was opposed.

    “Neither does Article 149(4) speak of governor rule, nor of imposing an emergency,” Naseem said.

    “It is an independent article, which says that the federal government has an executive authority under which it can issue directives to any provincial government, if there are issues pertaining to peace, tranquility and economic life,” he explained.

    Article 149(4) of the constitution reads: “The executive authority of the Federation shall also extend to the giving of directions to a Province as to the manner in which the executive authority thereof is to be exercised for the purpose of preventing any grave menace to the peace or tranquility or economic life of Pakistan or any part thereof.”

    “We are pursuing legal action,” Farogh said. “We have prepared a draft that would be presented to the prime minister within a week,” he added.

    “There is nothing there [in Karachi] except garbage, shortage of water and flies.”

    He said it was natural to expect resistance from the PPP. The minister, however, ruled out the notion that Article 149(4) threatened provincial autonomy.

    He noted that the article was retained in the 18th Amendment of the Constitution of Pakistan. “If it was against provincial autonomy, then it should have been excluded from the Constitution.”

    The minister, however, declined to give details as to who would be responsible for governing the metropolis after the enforcement of the article.

    “We will unfold it slowly and gradually,” he said.

    “We also have other legal options if things don’t pan out as planned,” the minister said without elaborating further.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2054371/1/#click=https://t.co/yomNq8DSMm
     
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    1000% supports this. Karachi needs to be one it own (govern itself) like other large cities including , Istanbul, NYC, London, LA, Etc. It is with mentally retarded Sindh govt which makes Sindh card to cover their free fall loot and plunder.
     
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    So that Niazi can install another Buzdar or Mahmood Khan? Not particularly encouraging Is it?
     
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    And what PPP is doing since more than a decade is acceptable?

    When federal release funds to "Thugs of Sindh", than it get vanished. So what you would do in such situation to the city which voted you?
     
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    First up its not federal money. You are making it sound like yeh Niazi ke baap ka paisa hai. Its not. Its the right of Sindh. The federation is not giving grant. Its the share of Sindh in the divisible pool.

    Secondly Isn't it vanishing in KPK and Punjab. Jub tak Suraj Chaand rahega Peshawar Metro per kaam rahega. What has Niazi and his coterie of incompetent baboons done so that they can be trusted (unconstitutionally ) with Sindh's money. Wasn't this the attitude of West Pakistan towards Bengalis??
     
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    You are making it sound like yeh Niazi ke baap ka paisa hai. Its not.

    What kind of language is this? Is this how respectful conversions occur? If you're too upset about something than dont bother replying.

    Secondly what make you say that federal is not releasing fund? Can you back this claim with some source?

    Lastly, only a naive or a fool will compare 2 provinces with a metropolitan city. Have you been in Karachi? Tell me what do you know about top 3 issues of Karachi.
     
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    Apologies, but i was using the same language Niazi used.
     
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    Err ... you were addressing me and not him.

    Secondly, you never provided any source to back your claim that federal didnt release funds. However, there is what CM Sindh said, straight from the horse's mouth...

    Federal govt has released Sindh’s Rs505bn out of Rs665bn share, says Murad

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1491401

    Now once again, questions backfires are you, what PPP has done for Karachi, which generates max revenue for the country? Why they are unable to sort out waste management, sewerage and clean drinkable water issues? Why not even a single dime has been spent on infrastructures of the city? Why PPP didnt spend money to maintain roads, sidewalks and pedestrian bridges?

    These are very rudimentary issue I have highlighted, which PPP has failed to do, only because they're too busy in looting tax payers money. However, many of tax payers are stupid enough that they cant see it.

    Last but not the least, how many seats PPP won from Karachi? Majority of seats won by MQM or PTI, so why should PPP govern Karachi when karachiites didnt vote them (for obvious reason, which many biased folks either dont see or conveniently ignore)?
     
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    Article 149 is the need of the hour!!
     
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    Do you think Karachi should be isolated from Sindh?
     
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    Karachi should become a separate province in my opinion!! PPP is the biggest curse upon us!!
     
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    Indeed, because they didnt win from Karachi, so why they're governing Karachi (bunch of incompetent & crooks)?
     
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    Fully agree with!!
     
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    Just for record, before anybody labels @Shahzad.Firdous a hardcore PTI supporter, he is also resident a of Karachi. And nobody knows issues of Karachi more than karachiites.
     
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    Karachi is the commercial hub~ It generates almost 65 per cent of the revenue of entire Pakistan!! Karachi has been made into a waste dumping, sewerage issues hit city!! There are no trees here! Its become a heat trap! There are huge roads, bridges etc which were built during Musharraf - Mustafa Kamal era but they havent been looked after since then! Karachi is not maintained therefore Article 149 is a must~! PPP is responsible entirely for the mess we Karachittes are in cus they have been the ones ruling and they only know one thing - corruption!!
     
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    Apologies, but i was using the same language Niazi used.

    Sure, I agree with these nobody is saying Karachi doesn't have problems. It does and they are big, but Article 149 doesn't solve this problem. If you think that the Federal Govt will be able to take over Karachi using this article, you are wrong. It's restricted to a few areas where the federal govt can give "Directions" the interpretation of which will be left to the courts.
    By the same token Lahore and Central Punjab should be ruled by PML-N.
     
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    There should be 3 provinces in Punjab. North Punjab Islamabad Rawalpindi ruled by PTI, Central Punjab Lahore ruled by PMLN and South Punjab Multan Bhawalpur ruled by PTI!!
     
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    Where have I said that Federal will take over Karachi based upon article 149? You literally didn't understand gist of my post.

    All I said is that, PPP isnt doing anything for Karachi, neither they want others to do. You cant leave a mega city on these crooks of PPP, who want to suck all the funds and do nothing for the city, therefore, somebody has to put their its food down, in this case it should be federal.

    And yes, I second you on Punjab and therefore, as @Shahzad.Firdous said, Punjab should have more provinces as well.
     

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