PPP govt to create more districts in Sindh
17 September, 2013
KARACHI: Sindh government on Monday decided to create more districts in the province and bifurcating Karachi and Thatta districts in first phase of the procedure.
The decision was taken at a meeting held at Sindh Chief Minister House with Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Monday. PPP leaders, provincial ministers and officials from Revenue Department and other concerned departments attended the meeting.
However, PPP Karachi chapter President Abdul Qadir Patel, later told journalists that the meeting decided to create two more districts in Karachi, Lyari and Maripur.
Official sources told that the CM has also issued directives to the Revenue Department for preparing and sending him a summary in this regard. It was decided that creation of new districts would begin from Karachi and Thatta.
Local PPP leaders suggested creation of two more districts in Karachi: Lyari and Maripur; however, a consensus was reached for Lyari only. More consultations on Maripur district shall be held, later.
Earlier, Karachi had four districts: South, West, East and Central, and Malir was added to the list during the second term of PPP when Abdullah Shah was the CM of Sindh. The total shall reach six if another district is created in the metropolis.
MQM, officially, has yet not reacted on this decision; however, it will definitely oppose it since the party was even against restoration of five districts of the city.
The PPP government recently restored five districts of Karachi after adopting the new local government system. MQM had been demanding to make Karachi into "one district" as it was during the tenure of General Pervez Musharraf.
The government has even decided to create a new district in Thatta ( Sujawal. Further details have yet not been revealed; however, it is believed that the decision is aimed at weakening the political influence of Shirazi brothers, who remain tough political rivals of the PPP in Thatta.
The Sujawal area of district Thatta has remained stronghold of Shirazi Brothers. Still, the foster brother of former president Asif Ali Zardari, Owais Muzaffar contested and won a Sindh Assembly seat from here.
Decision of the new district can also be linked with development of Zulfiqarabad, a new city in the coastal area. Asif Ali Zardari had proposed the new city, and the PPP government began work on the project during its last government.
Interestingly, earlier, the PPP had been opposing the creation of new districts in the province, except Karachi.
Parvez Musharraf-led PML-Q government had bifurcated Hyderabad, Larkana and Dadu and formed new districts ( a decision strongly opposed by PPP. These districts had remained traditional political strongholds of the party.
It was another thing that after coming to power in 2008, the PPP could not restore old geographical positions of these three districts, probably because of political compulsions.