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Coalition parties agree to make district bodies functional

By Irfan Ali

KARACHI: The coordination committee of the ruling coalition’s three parties agreed on Tuesday that their district-level committees should be made functional to help the government maintain the law and order and stop land grabbing in the city.

The Pakistan People’s Party, Muttahida Qaumi Movement and Awami National Party have agreed, in a meeting held at the Governor’s House, that district committees should be issued guidelines and a clear policy in the next meeting to be held on Thursday.

Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad presided over the three party meeting. Senior provincial minister belonging to the PPP namely Pir Mazharul Haq, PPP’s Waqar Mehdi and Saeed Ghani, MQM’s Shoaib Bukhari, Waseem Aftab, Raza Haroon and Hamad Siddiqui and ANP’s Shahi Syed, Amin Khattak and Rana Gul Afridi attended the meeting.

ANP leaders complained that the victims and the relatives of the December 27, 2007 violence and April 2008 violence were not compensated so far. They recalled that the government had announced compensation for them. The Sindh governor immediately directed the Sindh home secretary to ensure immediate payment of the compensation to the relevant people. The three parties confirmed that the meeting was held in a calm and friendly environment.

“Sindh, especially Karachi, needs a peaceful environment and it is for the betterment of everyone,” ANP Sindh General Secretary Amin Khattak told Daily Times. District committees comprise of three representatives from each party. The coordination committee has decided to expand the network of the committee at the grass root level. It means that town level committees would be formed in the next phase.

Mistrust amongst the coalition parties on some issues had sparked off tension in Karachi, resulting in violence.

President Asif Zardari played a key role in bringing the ANP and the MQM to the fold of the ruling coalition. He wants coordination among the ruling parties. It seemed that ANP and MQM did not trust each other but they were not on collision courses on Tuesday.

Source: Daily Times

Date:6/17/2009