Demands creation of the Greater Karachi and Hazara province
Ignoring urban Sindh will only bring catastrophic results
January 28, Washington, DC – Media Cell:
The Voice of Karachi chairman Nadeem Nusrat has welcomed the bill tabled in the National Assembly by PMLN parliamentarians to create new provinces in Pakistan, but has warned that ignoring urban Sindh and Hazara areas will only alienate residents of these areas and strengthen the sense of deprivation among Urdu-speaking Mohajirs.
In a statement issued from US capital Washington, D.C, Nadeem Nusrat said that no region in Pakistan deserves separate administrative status than Karachi and other urban areas of Sindh. It is mainly taxes paid by Karachi that run Pakistan’s economy, but this great city is deprived of even the most basic facilities despite paying taxes that heavily outnumber any other region in Pakistan. From potable water supply to sewage system, from public transport to public health, from access to educational institutions and government jobs, Karachi has been badly neglected by all successive governments. Merciless rigging in census figures and gerrymandering have left tens of millions of urban Sindh residents disenfranchised and have allowed a fake rural majority to commit loot and plunder in Karachi for decades.
The VOK chairman said that the Voice of Karachi has already presented its plan in its recent media briefing for establishing an autonomous Greater Karachi within the boundaries of Pakistan. This plan is the most viable solution given the current civic and administrative crisis urban Sindh is facing. A Greater Karachi with its own regional parliament and control over its resources will be able to solve the issues that no other government has been able to resolve since 1947.
Nadeem Nusrat said that frustration and resentment is fast brewing in Karachi and other urban areas of Sindh and any further delay in addressing chronic issues faced by these areas will only bring catastrophic results. He demanded those sitting in Pakistan’s National Assembly and Senate to study the plans for Greater Karachi and include them in the bill to create more provinces in Pakistan. Similarly, Hazara also deserves a separate provincial status and should also be made part of this bill.