Islamabad mayor moves SC against federal govt

Alleges interference in the affairs of departments which were transferred from district management and CDA to MCI

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Tauseef Abbasi

ISLAMABAD

Mayor Islamabad Sheikh Ansar has decided to move Supreme Court (SC) against federal government for not delegating powers to Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI).

Senior advocate Ahmad Nawaz has filed a petition in the court on behalf of Mayor Islamabad taking the plea that interior ministry was to  delegate powers to MCI in 2017 formally. MCI has not been delegated powers so far under local government act-2015.  Interference is being made in the affairs of departments which were transferred from district management and Capital Development Authority (CDA) to MCI.

The petitioner prayed the court to stop interference from district management and CDA in the administrative matters of MCI.  The court is requested that MCI be provided full powers and administrative control.

The petitioner further requested that full powers for funds, transfer and appointment of the employees in the MCI be given.

Earlier on Sunday, Assistant to Prime Minister on CDA affairs Ali Nawaz Awan flanked by another Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader held a press conference and announced to move the Islamabad High Court to oust Islamabad mayor if he does not stand down voluntarily.

‘’The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leadership in the Federal Capital is planning to approach the Islamabad High Court for removal of Mayor Islamabad Sheikh Anser Aziz as he has failed to resolve the civic issues’’ they said.

Addressing a press conference Ali Nawaz Awan had said he along with other National Assembly members from Islamabad Raja Khurram Shehzad Nawaz and Asad Umar would file a constitutional petition in the IHC if Sheikh Anser Aziz did not quit the mayorship voluntarily.

“We will request the court to transfer the affairs of Metropolitan Corporation of Islamabad (MCI) to the Climate Change Ministry or the CDA as the mayor and his team have turned the city into a ‘kachra kundi’ (garbage dumping site),” he said while citing the example of Islamabad Zoo, whose inmates (animals) were dying because of the negligence of MCI officials.

He said they were also considering other legal options, including moving a no-confidence move against the mayor.

“We have no personal rift with the mayor, but the citizens of capital cannot be left at  his mercy,” he said, urging the union chairmen belonging to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz to dethrone Sheikh Anser Aziz for the sake of public welfare.

Terming the federal capital a face of the country, he alleged that the mayor was working on a plan to turn the capital city into another Karachi for political motives.

Ali Nawaz said the MCI had collected Rs 2 billion from the public on various heads, which it was using for different civic projects, but now it was doing nothing. The MCI was even maintaining an account in Punjab while the mayor was now planning to circumvent the revenue collected by the CDA for the corporation, he added.

He said the previous government had announced to form a board under the Local Government Act, 2015 but it could not be constituted due to indifferent attitude of the mayor towards resolving the public issues.

The special assistant said the mayor did not hold even a single budget session since his election while the formulation of rules of business and financial regulations rules remained an elusive dream due to his slackness.

The shortage of water, he said, was a chronic problem for the capital’s residents, but no concrete effort was made by the mayor to overcome it.