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Islamabad mayor steps down

Islamabad mayor Sheikh Anser Aziz on Tuesday introduced he’s resigning from his publish as mayor as he’s not in a position to serve the capital’s residents because of the federal authorities taking again Metropolitan Corporation of Islamabad’s powers.

“The way we have been pushed to the wall with all powers taken back by federal government, MCI (Metropolitan Corporation of Islamabad) can no longer serve its dearest citizens. Better to quit if I can’t help my people,” he wrote on Twitter.

A photograph of his resignation letter was connected, together with the assertion for the “record” that the resignation adopted clearance of two references, audits and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) inquiries.

Aziz mentioned that MCI had funds however there was no launch of their funds as there was no finance division put to the duty. “We did our best to keep things moving. But now all departments under MCI have been withdrawn, handed over to CDA,” he mentioned.

He thanked his “dearest citizens” for his or her help, for stating the place the administration was weak and appreciated the place they had been sturdy.

“We all worked together to make Islamabad beautiful, clean, green, healthy and safest. Respect,” he mentioned in conclusion.

PTI, PML-N tussle

Earlier this yr, a reference had been filed in opposition to Aziz — who’s affiliated with opposition occasion PML-N — wherein it was alleged that he was abusing his powers, utilizing workers for private use, and utilizing official automobiles that had been reportedly past his entitlement.

The reference was filed by Humayun Akhtar, a member of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and the appearing Chief Metropolitan Officer (CMO). A neighborhood authorities fee led by PTI lawmaker Ali Nawaz Awan had really helpful Aziz be suspended through the course of an ensuing investigation.

MNA Awan can also be the Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan on CDA Affairs. The matter seemed to be a political tug of conflict between the PTI and the PML-N.

Aziz, nonetheless, had challenged the reference in a petition to the Islamabad High Court, claiming the accusations in opposition to him had been politically motivated. He had knowledgeable the court docket that regardless of a authorized delegation of energy to the MCI, lots of the capabilities had not been transferred by the CDA and the chief commissioner workplace to the MCI.

Aziz had additionally alleged that the ruling PTI had paralysed union councils in Islamabad and that MNA Awan had introduced up challenges for the mayor quickly after being appointed the top of the fee that filed the reference in opposition to him.

Subsequently, in May, Aziz was suspended for a 90-day interval, as a way to conduct a free and clear inquiry in opposition to him

Aziz termed the claims in opposition to him as “baseless”.

Responding to his suspension, he mentioned: “I used to be instantly suspended over baseless allegations. There are severe allegations of corruption in opposition to the PTI’s ministers, MNAs, parliamentary secretaries.

“The PTI government did not suspend or remove anyone over the ‘sugar scandal’. They played with people’s lives in the medicine scandal and yet again, the PTI government did not remove any of its ministers,” he added.

Aziz claimed that he was eliminated “in retaliation for my affiliation with PML-N”.

His suspension was later withdrawn and he was allowed to renew his duties.

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