KARACHI – Condemning the restoration of LBS 1979, MQM’s Coordination Committee said that Sindh government’s act of revoking of SPLGA 2012 would create extreme dislike among the people of the province.

It said in a statement after the emergency joint meeting of the Co-ordination Committee held in London and Pakistan on the new built-up situation after passage of the bill in Sindh Assembly by Pakistan Peoples Party.

The committee said that the SPLGA was passed after extended discussion and consultation between the MQM and the PPP.

The committee said that although PPP leaders themselves had declared the Act in best interest of the people but when MQM decided to sit on opposition benches then PPP repealed its own Act and restored the old system of 1979.

It said that the MQM had been working emphatically for years to develop the unity and brotherhood between the permanent residents of Sindh but the PPP had once again tried to draw line between the Sindhis and Mohajirs by repealing the local government act.

The MQM would start constitutional struggle against the dissolution of the local government system and make every democratic effort to devolve the power at lowest level, the committee said. It said that the PPP leaders used to call the LBS of 1979 as a black law and hence they had given a clear message to the people by restoring the black law that they wanted to continue the steps taken in the time of the dictatorship in the country. It further said that the LGS was the nursery of the democracy and part of the Benazir Bhutto manifesto but present leadership of the PPP had not only trampled this nursery of democracy but also deviated from manifesto of their leader.

Co-ordination Committee said that the MQM had faced such dictatorial actions of tyrant rulers in the past and ready to face every kind of coercion and oppression even today. MQM leaders’ courage and determination could not be diminished by such oppressive steps, and they would continue struggle to bring an end to undemocratic and unconstitutional steps, said the committee.

CS SEEKS DETAILED REPORT REGARDING MLOS: Sindh Chief Secretary Raja Abbas has called a comprehensive report from the departments of Health, Home and Police regarding the services of Medico Legal Officers (MLOs) at the government hospitals of the province. He was addressing a high level meeting to review the complaints pertained to the MLOs, said a statement here on Thursday.

It said that the meeting was attended by the Secretaries and senior officers of Health, Home, Finance Departments. Raja Abbas called for improving the performance of the MLOs in these hospitals. He also called for specific reports regarding the JPMC, CHK and Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, including Burns Centre.