KARACHI: Criticising the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) led Sindh government directly, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar said that the amendments made in the local government laws on November 26 pose great danger to Pakistan.
Umar said that the amended law deprived the representatives at the grassroots level of power. He said that devolution of power at grassroots level was necessary for democracy and governance to function normally, adding that the country would remain entangled in tension if the provinces did not delegate power to local representatives at grassroots level.
Umar said that power needed to be given to people at grassroots level since it could not be run from Islamabad alone. The amended bill has been a subject of controversy ever since it was passed in the Sindh Assembly. The opposition parties mainly the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), and others have criticised the bill, and have asked the government to repeal the amended law.