KARACHI: The Centre “may impose Article 149” in Karachi, Governor Sindh Imran Ismail mentioned Wednesday after the federal and provincial governments got here beneath criticism for not resolving the metropolis dismal civic points.
Article 149 states that the federal authorities, with the intention to train its personal govt authority within the provinces, can provide instructions in sure instances to the provinces.
“149(1): Executive authority of every province shall be so exercised so as not to prejudice or impede the executive authority of the federation, and the executive authority of the federation shall extend to giving of directions to a province as may appear to the federal government to be necessary for the purpose,” reads the primary clause of the Article.
Under Article 149(3) and Article 149(4) federal govt authority extends to giving instructions to the provinces with regard to development of technique of communication and their upkeep in addition to to instructions with regard to peace, tranquility and financial lifetime of Pakistan if on account of any act, the chief authority of the federation is affected on this regard.
Speaking in Geo News programme “Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath”, the governor mentioned that Karachi was once the most effective cities of the nation and that the Centre won’t abandon Karachi.
“A solid framework is being worked on for Karachi. The Centre, Sindh government, and the stakeholders of the city will be taken on board to resolve the issues,” he mentioned.
“If the framework is not agreed upon, then Article 149 may be imposed,” Ismail mentioned, nevertheless including: “No such action is currently being considered which will cause chaos in the city.”
“The Supreme Court may also take action to resolve Karachi’s issues,” he mentioned additional.
The governor mentioned that as an alternative of the Centre imposing Article 149 in Karachi, all of the stakeholders ought to be part of palms to resolve the port metropolis’s points.
Meanwhile, in the identical programme, spokesperson for the Sindh authorities Murtaza Wahab mentioned that the provincial management was prepared to carry talks with the Centre.
“It is our priority to resolve Karachi’s issues,” he mentioned, including that they have been able to work with the federal authorities if it supplies them with funds.
“Roads of the city’s coastal and industrial areas need [to repaired and] made better,” Wahab added.