Federal Law Minister and MQM Senator Barrister Farogh Naseem said circumstances in Sindh, particularly Karachi, are such that directives could be issued under Article 149 (4) of the Constitution and the federal government is authorized to issue these directives.
“If the Karachi strategic committee agrees with my analysis, the proposal will be presented to the premier and the cabinet. Then, it is at their disposal to invoke the article in Karachi or not.”
PM Imran Khan is scheduled to visit Karachi on September 14. During this visit, he will chair an important meeting of the Karachi Strategic Committee.
Article 149 (4) of the Constitution says: The executive authority of the Federation shall also extend to the giving of directions to a Province as to the manner in which the executive authority thereof is to be exercised for preventing any grave menace to the peace or tranquility or economic life of Pakistan or any part thereof.
The federal minister said he supports the promulgation of Article 149 (4) in Karachi, adding it is not the governor rule, instead it is meant to take the administrative control of Karachi without imposing emergency or the governor rule.
“But, the provincial government takes all the resources and money but nothing is spent on the masses,” he said, adding the issue is not specifically related to Karachi. It is the problem of nearly all the cities, towns and villages.
“If no money is spent on the people, it means the provincial government has rendered its third-tier dysfunctional,” he said.
So, under the prevalent circumstances, the Eighteenth Amendment allows the mechanism of Article 149 (4) to run the affairs without taking up any extreme steps, including imposition of emergency.
“If the governor rule is imposed, I would object to it,” he said. The Karachi situation is very bad and the infrastructure is lying in tatters.
Reacting to this news, Sindh Information Minister Saeed Ghani said the federal government cannot take over Sindh. You cannot impose Article 149 based on mere garbage, he said, adding that if the Centre wanted to impose Article 149, it should do so in Punjab.
Farogh Naseem is a sensible person but unfortunately he is not a politician, said Ghani, asking the federal government to stop this drama of committees. He said the MQM is being used by the PTI.