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SAMAA | - Posted: Dec 1, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 months ago
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Posted: Dec 1, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 months ago
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The Jamaat-e-Islami on Wednesday staged sit-ins at eleven places in Karachi against the Sindh government's new local government bill. In absence of a traffic plan from the authorities commuters experienced delays at M.A Jinnah Road. However, Traffic Police DSP (operations) Saeed Arain claimed traffic flow was not disrupted in other parts of the city. The main sit-in is being staged at the MA Jinnah Road in front of the KMC building, SAMAA TV reported. Hafiz Naeem ur Rehman addressed the gathering, it said. Other demonstrations were addressed by local JI leaders. The TV reported that JI staged sit-ins at 11 places in the city. In a Twitter post earlier in the day, the JI listed the following areas where the protests will be held: KMC head office building, M.A Jinnah Road Star Gate, Sharae Faisal Old Sabzi Mandi Power House, North Karachi Dolmen Hall, Hyderi Orangi Town Waterpump Stop Shershah Road Hassan Square DC Office, Korangi DC Office Malir Jamaat-e-Islami workers from Karachi District East stage a sit in on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. Karachi traffic police announced a diversion plan for the main sit-in at the MA Jinnah Road. pic.twitter.com/mSkkLtgCtN— Karachi Traffic Police (@KtrafficpoliceE) December 1, 2021 Earlier in the day, when SAMAA Digital reached out to the traffic police for an alternate traffic plan, they had none. However, officials said that the police were aware of the sit-in and a plan will soon be issued. The JI stages six major protests at MA Jinnah Road, Quaid Abad, Star Gate, Hassan Square, Orangi Town, and Sher Shah, SAMAA Digital's Aamir Majeed reported. Except for the main sit-in other demonstrations did not affect the traffic flow, he said. The protesters at the Star Gate demonstrated on the roadside away from the traffic holding placards and banners. Similar protest strategy was used at Hasan Square to avoid traffic disruption. On November 29, JI's Hafiz Naeem ur Rehman called Sindh's new bill a "black law". He added that new legislation is PPP's attempt to rule over the people of Karachi. Sindh Local Government Bill, 2021 The new bill, passed by the Sindh Assembly on November 26, allows the provincial government to take over the management of the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Sobhraj Hospital, Leprosy Centre, and Sarfraz Rafiqi Hospital, and Medical and Dental College. The local bodies will be deprived of control over education and health departments as well. The amendment will change the structure of the local government. As per the draft, the District Municipal Corporations (DMCs) will be converted into Town Municipal Corporations (TMCs).
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The Jamaat-e-Islami on Wednesday staged sit-ins at eleven places in Karachi against the Sindh government’s new local government bill.

In absence of a traffic plan from the authorities commuters experienced delays at M.A Jinnah Road. However, Traffic Police DSP (operations) Saeed Arain claimed traffic flow was not disrupted in other parts of the city.

The main sit-in is being staged at the MA Jinnah Road in front of the KMC building, SAMAA TV reported.

Hafiz Naeem ur Rehman addressed the gathering, it said.

Other demonstrations were addressed by local JI leaders.

The TV reported that JI staged sit-ins at 11 places in the city.

In a Twitter post earlier in the day, the JI listed the following areas where the protests will be held:

  • KMC head office building, M.A Jinnah Road
  • Star Gate, Sharae Faisal
  • Old Sabzi Mandi
  • Power House, North Karachi
  • Dolmen Hall, Hyderi
  • Orangi Town
  • Waterpump Stop
  • Shershah Road
  • Hassan Square
  • DC Office, Korangi
  • DC Office Malir

Jamaat-e-Islami workers from Karachi District East stage a sit in on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.
Jamaat-e-Islami workers from Karachi District East stage a sit in on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.

Karachi traffic police announced a diversion plan for the main sit-in at the MA Jinnah Road.

Earlier in the day, when SAMAA Digital reached out to the traffic police for an alternate traffic plan, they had none. However, officials said that the police were aware of the sit-in and a plan will soon be issued.

The JI stages six major protests at MA Jinnah Road, Quaid Abad, Star Gate, Hassan Square, Orangi Town, and Sher Shah, SAMAA Digital‘s Aamir Majeed reported.

Except for the main sit-in other demonstrations did not affect the traffic flow, he said.

The protesters at the Star Gate demonstrated on the roadside away from the traffic holding placards and banners. Similar protest strategy was used at Hasan Square to avoid traffic disruption.

On November 29, JI’s Hafiz Naeem ur Rehman called Sindh’s new bill a “black law”. He added that new legislation is PPP’s attempt to rule over the people of Karachi.

Sindh Local Government Bill, 2021

The new bill, passed by the Sindh Assembly on November 26, allows the provincial government to take over the management of the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Sobhraj Hospital, Leprosy Centre, and Sarfraz Rafiqi Hospital, and Medical and Dental College.

The local bodies will be deprived of control over education and health departments as well.

The amendment will change the structure of the local government. As per the draft, the District Municipal Corporations (DMCs) will be converted into Town Municipal Corporations (TMCs).

 
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