KARACHI: A delegation of the MQM that met with the provincial local government minister at the Sindh Secretariat on Thursday accepted in principle the stance of the Sindh government on about half a dozen ‘controversial’ resolutions, including Resolutions 420 and 462, passed by the City Council from time to time.
Sources privy to the parleys said that Minister Syed Sardar Ahmad and Naib Nazim Nasreen Jalil, along with some CDGK officials, visited the Sindh local government department and held talks with the Minister Agha Siraj Durrani, who was assisted by a couple of his senior officials, with the purpose of improving coordination between the City Council and the department.
Following a recent quashing of two city council resolutions pertaining to the upgrade and creation of posts in the Karachi city government and subsequent grant of promotions and increments (in advance) to some employees, observers say a deadlock had ensued between the provincial and local governments over the issue.
A source told Dawn that the proceedings of Thursday’s meeting could be termed a development towards removing the misunderstandings between the MQM and the PPP.
During the meeting, the two parties agreed to resolve the issues of ‘pending resolutions’ as per the provisions of the SLGO, ‘while resolutions 420 and 462 will not be discussed any more in their existing form as the provincial chief executive has already ordered the quashing of both of those.’
It was observed in the meeting that the CDGK could propose promotions or creation of units which existed under the defunct KMC, but it was not in a position to launch reorganisation or creation of new departments and promotions of employees who belonged to the erstwhile KDA or to other departments/governments, as it would be a violation of the laws and policies of the Sindh government.
It was learnt that the local government officials, in the light of the discussion, had now decided not to forward some of their recommendations related to the development of a couple of new groups, sizeable appointments in a couple of groups of offices of the CDGK and regularisation of possessions of government property to the ‘illegal occupants’.
The MQM group was also requested to ensure that no follow-ups of the controversial resolutions, which ignored or bypassed the Sindh government’s authority, were given by the CDGK unless those were free of discrepancies, the source added.
Talking to Dawn, City Naib Nazim Nasreen Jalil said that the meeting was aimed at resolving issues in order to have a hurdle-free relationship, largely for the benefit of the people living in the city. ‘While Resolutions 420 and 462 are now closed chapters, we in the city council will ensure that no glaring mistakes or violations of the rules take place in the future,’ she said, adding that she hoped that the process of consultation and coordination between the council and the local government department and provincial local government commission would continue in the future as well.
Another source said that the delegation was told that the Sindh government was open to listening to the CDGK and other district governments and if the CDGK had any pressing administrative issues, those should be conveyed to the government for the Chief Minister’s perusal.
Quashment notification awaited
In the meantime, a couple of departments handling the transfer postings and promotions and financial matters and salaries of the CDGK staffers were reportedly waiting to be able to download the Sindh government’s notification regarding the quashment of Resolutions 420 and 462 from the office of the DCO Karachi.
A source said that the departments of human resources and finance had not been provided with the endorsed copies of the notification or any relevant directive from the offices of the DCO or City Nazim, perhaps in the wake of the ongoing process of dialogue between the core groups of the PPP and the MQM.
About 58 employees were to benefit from the two resolutions in question under a process, but now about 18 personnel who had already been given promotions and increments and perks, would have to be reversed to their positions prior to the resolutions, said a senior CDGK officer who wished not to be quoted.
Core committee meeting
The PPP and MQM core committee in its meeting on Thursday, which was a continuation of the last meeting held on Wednesday at the Governor’s house, failed again to sort out their differences over Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah’s notification imposing a ban on transfer of lands by Nazims.
The meeting, despite being over two-and-a-half hours long, remained inconclusive due to the sudden development of the murder of Balochistan’s Minister for Excise Sardar Rustam Jamali in Gulistan-i-Jauhar, Karachi.
Leaving the venue of the meeting, according to sources, one of the participants, a member of the core committee, informed waiting media men that in Thursday’s meeting no concrete progress was made as the ministers had to rush to the site of the tragedy with the chief minister. However, he said, it was decided that they would continue their deliberations on Friday as well.
Those who participated in the meeting were Senior Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq, Law Minister Ayaz Soomro, Local Government Minister Agha Siraj Durrani and Irrigation Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah from the PPP. Provincial Minster Syed Sardar Ahmad, Health Minister Sagheer Ahmad, IT Minister Raza Haroon and senior member Waseem Aftab represented the MQM.