WEB DESK: Founder of Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) and former Karachi mayor Syed Mustafa Kamal has called for enforcement of effective local bodies system in the country with a vision to give a sense of ownership and confidence to the common man.
“We want democracy in Pakistan, but it should not be limited to the National and Provincial Assemblies. The real democracy should be visible in practice at every nook and cranny of the county,” the former city mayor said while addressing his party’s first-ever public meeting at the Bagh-e-Jinnah, here on Sunday.
He said that without empowering local bodies, the country cannot progress. “Even if 20 provinces are created without changing the system, it would be of no use,” he added.
“Billions of rupees are being spent on mega development projects each year, but availability of clean water, functional sewerage system, proper health and education facilities are still a distant dream for the people,” he added.
He called for devolving powers to Union Council level and empowering the union councils to solve the problems of masses at their doorsteps.
Kamal added that it was necessary to ensure provision of basic facilities to the people through union councils as it was not the duty of Members of National Assembly (MNAs) and Members of Provincial Assemblies (MPAs) as their job was legislation.
He added that if democracy was to prevail in the country, it needed to reach out to the local people instead of being restricted to certain offices in Islamabad.
He stated that the PSP made a record by attracting a large numbers of people to its first event public meeting held just 30 days after its inception.
He said that the world was witnessing for the first time that a political party in Pakistan was organising a rally where the party had no flag of its own but there were flags of Pakistan all around. He congratulated the participants on setting these records.
He said that the foundation of a historic day was being laid today, which will be remembered for a long time.
“We are going to form a better society for our new generation. Our youth are going to become no more target killers and agent of enemies. Now onward, bloodshed on the basis of party, sect, cast, and colour will end forever. Peace would prevail in the city. There would be no no-go area,” Kamal pledged.
According to the PSP leader Anees Qaimkhani, the party workers and supporters not only overwhelmingly participated from Karachi but also came from various cities of the province including Mirpurkhas, and Hyderabad to make the event successful.
Addressing the rally, Waseem Aftab said that if the authorities did not take stern action against RAW agents, the 200 million people of this country would step up and throw them out of the country.
Over 1500 law enforcement agencies personnel including police and Rangers were deputed in and around the procession venue to protect the participants. The PSP volunteers also performed security duties inside the venue.
As per schedule, the meeting was to commence by 5pm but nearly half of the chars placed at the venue were empty till 6:30pm. However, the participants including women and children thronged to the venue soon after the sunset. The metrological department forecasted that the city’s temperature would go up to 40 centigrade advising the citizens to take preventive measures from the heat waves affects. Perhaps that was the reason behind the participants’ late arrival at the rally.
Earlier, Mustafa Kamal along with his party colleagues visited the mausoleum of founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to offer Fateha. CCTV cameras were installed in and outside of the Bagh-e-Jinnah for monitoring of the rally. All participants were searched at security check points before entry. Some 15 walk-through gates were installed at entrances, where police and party workers were allowed entry to the venue after body searching/frisking.
The stage was set-up on dozens of containers. Large screens were also installed inside and outside of the venue.
Source: Business Recorder