Sindh govt mulls renaming 51 spots named after Altaf Hussain, his family


The government of Sindh is planning to rename at least 51 public spots, including parks, schools and roads in Karachi, which are still named after Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain and his family, Samaa TV reported.

According to reports, a letter has been sent to the health, education and local government departments besides the offices of Karachi commissioner, municipal commissioner of the KMC, deputy commissioners of districts Malir, West Central and Korangi as well as the MD of SITE, wherein they have been told to identify any other public structures named after the MQM founder.

The government wants this information by November 27 and it will be discussed at the next apex committee meeting to be chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah.

Earlier, the Sindh cabinet on December 30, 2017, and an apex committee meeting on March 8, 2018, had decided to rename all public structures named after the MQM founder.

According to the details of the public spots, they include 18 parks, 17 educational institutions, including one university, two libraries, four dispensaries, seven streets, bridges, towns, underpasses, two community centres and a cricket academy.

The places are currently named after Altaf, his father Nazir Hussain, mother Khursheed Begum or daughter Afza Altaf.

Some of the structures have already been renamed.