“On April 24, the Sindh government in the person of local government minister Agha Siraj Durrani, whose propensities are well known and recorded, decided arbitrarily to put aside city nazim Mustafa Kamal as the authority for the Karachi Building Control Authority (KBCA) and as chairman of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) and install himself. This city of over 16 million inhabitants is once again at the mercy of newly installed powers that are in a hurry to amass a return on their investments as elected representatives of the people.
Now, by a stroke of a pen, former favourite minister Agha Siraj Durrani, now once again a Sindh government minister, whose propensities are well known and recorded, in his finite wisdom has decided that the functions of town planning and building control as well as water and sewerage should be taken away from the CDGK. By an undemocratic stroke of a pen, a notification has been issued appointing himself as head honcho of the KBCA and KWSB. The city deserves to be run by its citizens through its local government, not through bureaucrats and ministers who either disregard or change laws at their whim and fancy.
The city nazim, Mustafa Kamal, subsequently on April 25 has asserted his legal right to control the city through the provisions of the prevailing SLGO, 2001. He is within the law; he rightfully does not wish the KBCA and KWSB to be kidnapped. He is hardworking and he is apparently honest. We should support him.”