KARACHI: Sindh MPAs of Pakistan Muslim League – Functional (PML-F), National Peoples Party (NPP) and Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid (PML-Q), protesting against the SPLGO 2012, have decided to sit on the opposition benches in the Sindh Assembly if the ordinance is not repealed, Express News reported on Tuesday.
Representatives of the three political parties said they had reservations over the local government ordinance, for which official notification has not been sent to them as yet.
PML-F MPA Jam Madad Ali, while briefing the media appealed to the government, on behalf of the people and the elected representatives, to repeal the ordinance, saying it was “unacceptable and would not be accepted under any circumstances.”
“This ordinance is [equal to] fraud with the people and coalition partners,” he said, adding that they had not been taken into confidence over the promulgation of this ordinance.
“If this was beneficial for the people, it should have been passed in the light of day,” said Jam Madad Ali, adding that they had to get their hand on a copy of the ordinance “unofficially”.
“We found out that more changes have been made in this [ordinance]; this copy has 160 pages, we found out there are 300 pages now,” he said, adding that even now, changes were being made to it.
Appealing as elected MPAs, he asked the government to immediately give them a copy of the ordinance which contained all changes and to keep them in the loop so they could tell the people how “Sindh was being traded”.
He also added that parts of the ordinance contained text from former president Pervez Musharraf’s 2001 ordinance.