KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) on Sunday accused Sindh Local Government Minister Jam Khan Shoro of neglecting Hyderabad and not carrying out any development work in the district.
Addressing a press conference here at Hyderabad Press Club, MQM-P Member Provincial Assembly Zubair Ahmed Khan blamed the provincial minister for instigating protests against the MQM-P led Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (HMC).
The MPA said billions of rupees are at the disposal of a local government department, but it only releases Rs300 million every month to the HMC that makes Rs200,000 for each of total to its 96 union councils (UCs). He said that it is not a big amount, not is it a favour as Hyderabad generated billions of rupees in taxes. Moreover, billions of rupees were also owed by the Sindh government on account of Octroi Zilla Tax (OZT), he said.
Zubair claimed that not even a single mega development project has been announced for Hyderabad from the past 10 years. “Shoro, who belongs to Hyderabad, should know that most of the filtration plants in the district have been closed down,” he said.
He said it is a question mark that despite the huge development budget of Rs21 billion for 2016-17 and Rs28 billion in 2017-18, Shoro, being the local government minister, has not initiated any mega development work in Hyderabad.
The MPA requested Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah to help end the discrimination against Hyderabad.
MQM-P Joint District Organizer Rashid Mumtaz and local government representatives also accompanied Zubair Ahmed.