Local Government Laws | By Mahfooz-un-Nabi Khan

Local authority laws

Through your esteemed chronicles, I invite the kind attention of the authorities and your prestigious readers to Quaid-i-Azam’s vision for the functioning of the Karachi Civic Authority.

It was reported by the Pakistan Election Commission (ECP) that the governments of Sindh and Balochistan have asked for time to improve their laws on local governments. ECP gave them 15 days to do so.

Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in his response to the civic speech presented to him by the mayor of the city of Karachi on August 25, 1947; I quote it so that the provincial governments can perceive the direction of the noble vision of the father of the nation.

Quaid-i-Azam said, Quote “For all freedom – loving people, Karachi will therefore not only be a symbol of special importance, but will occupy a place in history for which there is no parallel, and I think it’s my luck that I have the honor of being the first to receive this civic speech.

Karachi is no ordinary city. Nature has given it exceptional advantages, which are particularly suited to modern needs and conditions.

This is why, starting from humble beginnings, it has become what it is, and we can safely say that the day is not far off when it will be ranked among the first cities in the world. Not only its airports, but also the naval port and also the main city will be among the most beautiful.

There is one particularly nice feature about Karachi – while most of the major cities are overcrowded and cramped with towering structures, Karachi has large open spaces and hilltop-style roofs that give the visitor a sense of privacy. feeling of space and ease.

It also has the benefit of a healthy climate and is always blessed with healthy, cool breezes throughout the year.

I imagine a great future for Karachi – it has always had immense potential. Now, with the establishment of the capital of Pakistan here and the arrival of the Pakistani government and its staff and the consequent influx of commerce, industry and business, immense opportunities have opened up for it.

So let’s all fight together to make this beautiful city a great metropolis, a center of trade, industry and commerce and a seat of learning and culture.

The responsibilities of Karachi and its society have increased with its importance. I hope the Society will be up to the task.

There would be additional pressure on all phases of the Corporation’s activities, but under the wise and able leadership of the city fathers, and with the cooperation of all citizens, this would, I hope, be eagerly and well supported. will.

Government assistance, I believe, will be available in your difficulties and problems and I am sure that the authorities concerned will deal in due course with the question of the power and status of the Society.

Karachi already counts among its citizens inhabitants of all parts of Pakistan and Hindustan. They will all live here together as true citizens and will devote their energy and take advantage of the great opportunities that present themselves to all of us to build and rebuild Pakistan in a way that will inspire respect from sister nations and find a place of honor with them. great nations of the world on an equal footing. End of quote.

The Quaid firmly believed that Karachi’s expansion should be horizontal instead of vertical. It is even more important today than yesterday.

Quaid didn’t like “towering structures”. Today, the infrastructures available in the metropolis do not meet the social and environmental requirements of the city of Quaid.

– The writer is a collaborating columnist, based in Karachi.

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