Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), has stated that Karachi and Hyderabad should be redistricted by January 15. If the constituents do not change, they may decide to leave the administration. The Election Commission of Pakistan is responsible for delineating the constituencies by January 15. The court has also ordered a meeting between the Sindh administration and the Election Commission of Pakistan. If the matter is not fixed by January 15, the public will be forced to temper its opinion. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), however, announced a protest against the PPP, another ally in the Center, after sensing that Sindh’s ruling party might not postpone local body elections in Karachi and Hyderabad. This presents Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s government with another challenge of a different kind as it enters its ninth month. At its workers’ convention, held at the MQM’s headquarters in Bahadurabad, party leaders conceded that negotiations with the PPP administration were at a standstill with slim prospects for success. The “Charter of Rights” that the MQM-P had signed with the PPP in March 2022 to reach a settlement on nearly all of its long-standing demands has also come under scrutiny in light of the party’s decision to demonstrate on January 9 against its own coalition partner in the Center.
The Capital Territory Local Government (Amendment) Bill 2022, on the other hand, has been returned by the Presidency under Clause 1-B of Article 75 of the Constitution without the President’s signature, which will cause a further delay in the local elections. The federal government acted hastily, which caused the election to be delayed twice, which is bad for democracy. Every government during its time has marginalized local bodies, which are the foundation of democracy, in an effort to stop money from going to the grassroots. The government’s primary goal should be to empower and mobilize local bodies because the elected members of these bodies have the best grasp of the issues facing the residents of their cities, towns, and regions, as well as the answers that can be found right outside their doors. Problems with the general population won’t be resolved unless money is delivered to the grassroots level. The elected officials of local authorities are widely seen as the finest platform for resolving public issues, which in turn helps to lessen the difficulties faced by provincial administrations. But because of personal benefit, these institutions are routinely neglected. The MQM, the government’s biggest ally, has also unambiguously promised the government that if the constituencies of Karachi and Hyderabad are not modified before January 15, they may leave the coalition. The difficulties it faces are well known to the government. In order to address pressing public issues, the worries of the public about constituencies should be swiftly allayed and local elections should be called as soon as possible. The government won’t be able to take the lead in the general elections until such grassroots issues are resolved.