Pakistan’s Pak Sarzameen party to host protests

Pakistani PSP party to hold historic protests in Karachi against Sindh-2021 Local Government Bill (LG) enacted in November

Photo: Athar Khan / The Tribune Express

Pakistani PSP party will hold historic protests in Karachi against the Sindh-2021 Local Government Bill (LG) enacted in November 2021.

The law, described as “black law” by its detractors, reconstitutes the Pakistani province of Sindh – including the capital of Sindh, Karachi – in townships controlled by municipal councils. It also delegates authority over utilities like water, roads, transport, hospitals and education centers to the Sindh provincial government. The Pakistani opposition party, the Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP), believes that the new law gives the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) clear influence over municipal resources in townships.

Today’s protests will see PSP members rally outside the house of the Sindh Chief Minister, calling for the cancellation of the LG Bill.

Protests against the bill have continued in recent weeks, but no progress has been made to address the issues. The PSP believes that PPP’s control over public resources recreates the factors that led to the creation of an East Pakistan in 1955. The PSP has escalated the violent rhetoric and created a narrative of existential crisis that resonates with the local population and Protests are likely to escalate into violence if the PPP does not effectively address concerns about central control of public resources.

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