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Sindh calls for Centre withdraw island authority ordinance instantly



Sindh demands Centre withdraw island authority ordinance immediately

KARACHI: Sindh has rejected the presidential ordinance  that has led to the institution of  Pakistan Islands Development Authority and requested the federal authorities to withdraw it instantly, an announcement from the Chief Minister House mentioned Tuesday.

The resolution was taken throughout a Sindh cupboard assembly on the CM House, with Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah, provincial ministers, advisors, chief secretary Mumtaz Shah, and anxious secretaries in attendance.

The cupboard was given an in depth briefing on the ordinance promulgated on 31 August 2020 by the President of Pakistan.

The cupboard members, commenting on ordinance, mentioned that it was in opposition to the “Constitution of Pakistan”.

“The Constitution establishes the ownership of the provincial government on the lands, the islands, and the land in the sea located within its territorial jurisdiction,” the members mentioned.

The cupboard mentioned that the ordinance had been promulgated in such a manner as if the islands have been the “property of the federal government”.

“The cabinet said that the ordinance, setting aside the conditions set by the Sindh government, declared the islands located in the territorial jurisdiction of the Sindh and Balochistan as the property of the federal government,” the assertion mentioned.

The provincial cupboard mentioned that the ordinance was “an attempt to trample the rights of the people of Sindh”.

It has determined to put in writing a letter to the federal authorities asking it to withdraw the ordinance which has “denied the rights of the provincial government and its people”.

Addressing a press convention later within the day, Sindh authorities’s spokesperson Murtaza Wahab mentioned that the province had reservations over the federal authorities’s resolution.

“The ordinance that was issued on September 2 surfaced on October 3, showing the government’s bad intent,” Wahab mentioned.

The authorities on August 31 promulgated an ordinance to ascertain the authority to develop and handle the islands within the inner and territorial waters of Pakistan.

According to a The News report, the authority has been created to “initiate and maintain a continuous process of reclamation and urban planning and identify immovable properties and projects suitable for the development of schemes within the internal and territorial waters of Pakistan.”

The Bundal and Buddo islands, on the Arabian Sea and off the coast of Karachi, would be the preliminary focus of the authority, the publication mentioned.

Reacting strongly to the event yesterday, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari mentioned his social gathering will oppose the “illegal annexation” of Sindh’s Islands by the presidential ordinance by the PTI authorities.

“I ask how is this act any different to Modi’s actions in occupied Kashmir?”

Bilawal mentioned that the transfer will likely be opposed within the National Assembly, provincial meeting and the Senate.

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