Published On: Wed, Mar 23rd, 2016

Mustafa Kamal named his party as “Pak Sarzameen Party”.


KARACHI: Former Karachi Mayor Mustafa Kamal, who earlier this month announced an unnamed political party after parting ways with Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Monday named his party as “Pak Sarzameen Party”.

He formally announced the name of his party in a ceremony held at a hall in Clifton Block 4 area of Karachi.

“We announce the name of our party on the auspicious occasion of Pakistan Day. Pakistan Sarzameen Party (PSP) is going to be the name of our party,” he said amid applause from his supporters.

Kamal said that Pakistani flag would be the flag of his party.

“I am aware that it is a legal requirement from Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to have a party’s flag. We will give one to the ECP, but in our homes and offices, we will only hoist national flag. No law or constitution can stop a citizen from carrying its national flag,” he maintained.

No plan to grab power

“We have not come here to grab power. In fact all of us have surrendered our powers, our senator-ship and other posts with the previous party,” Kamal said.

“Nobody wants to quit even the post of a councilor, but Iftikhar Alam, who was elected an MPA from Azizabad, sacrificed all to join our cause,” he said. “We had made no contact with Iftikhar Alam to join us. He joined our caravan on his own,” he said.

“We have come here to serve people. We have put ourselves on this path to serve masses. This has been our mission when we were in power in the past.”

The people of Pakistan particularly Karachiites are witnesses that we tried to serve the city without considering the cast, colour and creed, he said.

“I want to tell the people of Pakistan that we have a broken infrastructure in our county. But before talking about the broken infrastructure, we want to talk about the broken hearts of Pakistanis,” he said.

The people of Pakistan have been divided in the name of Shia and Sunni, Barevli and Deobandi. They are divided in the name of Punjabi, Saraiki, Pashtun, Hazara, Muhajir, Kashmiri and Gilgiti,” he said. “Even outside Pakistan, we are not Pakistanis. It is saddening to say that we are divided even outside Pakistan,” he lamented.

Manifesto to be unveiled soon

“A team of top intellectuals, scholars and experts is drafting our manifesto, which will be unveiled in coming days,” he said.

“Our biggest problem is lack of ownership of our country. We don’t own our country because we have not allowed and encourage sense of participation to common Pakistanis.”

Call for devolved LG system

The former mayor called for the immediate enforcement of a devolved local government system across Pakistan as per the Article 140 A of the Constitution.

“Local government system is a demand of each and every citizen. It is our firm belief that 99.9 percent Pakistanis will address their issues through a devolved local government system”

Before setting up new provinces, there was a need to enforce a devolved local government system. “There are many complexities for setting up new provinces. Even if new provinces are created, a devolved local government will be necessary.”

“If power is devolved to union council level, a common man will play the role of a real NAB,” he said.

He lamented that Pakistan did not work to improve the national urban infrastructure or develop new cities. “If we don’t make a national urban plan, we won’t be able to save the potential of our existing cities,” he warned.

Kamal made an emphatic appeal to give general amnesty to the youth of Karachi and Hyderabad for the sake of Pakistan.



About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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