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    Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf - Karachi Performance Watch

    This thread is to watch PTI's performance in Karachi.

    PTI are not in government in Sindh, however, many things can be achieved through federal government, as well as working with Sindh government.

    This article gives a good idea of what PTI can achieve in Karachi:

    Karachi voted for PTI. Here’s how it can give back

    KARACHI: Residents of Karachi were desperate for change as many issues plaguing the city remained largely unaddressed during the tenures of the Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz when they were at the helm of affairs in the federal and provincial governments.

    Former favourite of Karachiites, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, kept winning the city’s mandate for 30 years but could not resolve the city’s basic issues such as water shortage, dilapidated sewerage infrastructure and lawlessness. The party also failed to take effective stance in Parliament on problems faced by the city’s residents.

    It was the 2018 elections when the people of Karachi channelled their frustration against the tried and tested parties who ruled over them in the federal, provincial and local governments, with a large chunk of their votes going to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
    The party, which could only bag one NA seat from the city in the 2013 general elections, has secured, according to unofficial results, 14 out of 21 NA seats from the city. More or less the same is the ratio of the PTI’s provincial seats from Karachi.

    As the PTI is expected to form the federal government, Karachi’s residents have high hopes that the party would resolve their issues. However, there will be constraints for the PTI in addressing Karachi’s issues as the provincial government will likely to be formed by the PPP again. After the 18th Amendment, only a few avenues are available for Centre to meddle into the provincial governments’ matters. Similarly, the incumbent mayor of the city belongs to the MQM-P. Due to all this, the PTI will either have to coordinate with the PPP and MQM-P to resolve Karachi’s issues or find new ways to serve the city.

    PTI’s options


    In order to satisfy its voters, the PTI’s federal government has to find avenues where the Centre can easily manoeuvre in Karachi.

    Some of the areas in which the PTI can immediately start working include the verification of census results, completion of federal projects such as Green Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), approval of water quota for the city from Indus River, completion of water project K-IV, completion of sewerage project S-III, restoration of Karachi Circular Railway (KCR), resolving the non-provision of identity cards to various ethnicities such as Biharis and Pakhtuns, and resolving the possible eviction of people living in housing schemes for federal employees such as Martin Quarters, Clayton Quarters and FC Area.

    The PTI can also announce a development package for Karachi and direct federal institutions, such as Pakistan Railways, Karachi Port Trust, Civil Aviation Authority and others, to construct roads and bridges in the city with their funds.

    It is pertinent to note here that in 2003, then-president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf, on the request of then-city nazim Naimatullah Khan, directed federal organisations to use their funds for the construction of streets and bridges in the city due to which KPT and other institutions participated in various development projects in the city. During that era, the federal government allocated heavy funds for the city which kept being released till Mustafa Kamal’s tenure as nazim. Projects worth Rs50 billion were carried out in the city for eight years due to the federal funds.

    Former minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also announced a Rs25 billion package for Karachi in August 12 last year. As of now, projects worth Rs10 billion have been approved under the package which will be carried out by the Karachi Infrastructure Company Limited (KIDCL), which is a federal agency.

    There are some other pending mega projects in the city which have to be equally funded by the federal and provincial governments. They include K-IV project which would supply 260 million gallons of water per day to the city and S-III, a mega sewerage project. Being a stakeholder in these projects, the PTI-led federal government can help speed up the work.

    Construction work on the Rs24.6 billion Green Line BRT project is currently under way in the city, which has to be entirely funded by the federal government. The project was initiated in January 2016 and was supposed to be completed by December 2017. However, only Phase-1 of the project has been completed, which includes the track running between Surjani Town and Gurumandir. The second phase of the project will be constructed between Gurumandir and Municipal Park. By completing the project in its tenure, the PTI can share the credit of building the city’s first mass transit project.

    The revival of KCR has been on the wish list of Karachiites for long. The project is being envisaged since 2005 but has yet to be started. Last year, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif made KCR a part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor on the request of then-CM Murad Ali Shah. The project was supposed to be initiated on December 25, 2017, and completed within 36 months. However, due to Nawaz’s ouster from the premiership and former railway minister Saad Rafique’s lack of interest, the project was not even started.

    The KCR is a hot cake for the PTI as the Chinese government has agreed to provide a $1.97 billion loan on easy installments and the Sindh government has also prepared the feasibility report for the project. The PTI’s federal government has to issue orders and ensure the implementation of the project and it will be a reality.

    The PTI government’s biggest challenge will be dealing with Karachi’s water crisis. One of the major reasons for the defeats of MQM-P and PPP candidates in the city is the inability of the parties to resolve this issue. The demand for water in Karachi is 1,100 million gallons per day (MGD). Of the share of 650 MGD from the Indus River to the city, only 400 MGD is being supplied. The K-IV project was started in 2016. Though it was supposed to be completed in December 2018, extremely slow pace of work on the project has extended its targeted date of completion to somewhere in 2020. If the PTI uses its resources to accelerate work on project, which is expected to resolve Karachi’s water crisis, the party may not fear losing next elections.

    The S-III project has been hit with delays for the past 10 years. Initially it could not be started due to disagreements between the federal and provincial governments. Finally, it began in 2013 and was to be completed within two years. Work on the project sped up when the Supreme Court took notice and now it may be one of the mega projects that would be completed while the PTI is in the federal government.

    Residents of various housing colonies for federal employees such as Martin Quarters and Clayton Quarters, who have been living there for decades, are now facing threats of eviction as the authorities have termed them illegal occupants. Most of these colonies lie in NA-245, from where PTI’s Amir Liaquat has won the polls.

    The residents are expecting that the PTI would resolve the issue and would not ask them to vacate the houses on humanitarian grounds.

    Members of Pakhtun and Bihari communities have been complaining that it has become difficult for them to obtain computerised national identity cards as the National Database and Registration Authority is placing them under expatriate’s category. Many of such people reside in Orangi Town and SITE areas and they are hoping that the PTI would not leave them being deprived of their citizenship.

    There is a general impression in the city that its population was understated in the census results. Initial census results say that Karachi’s population is around 16 million, however, many people believe that there are at least 20 million people living in Karachi. It was decided in the last tenure that 5% census data will be scrutinised to address reservations over census results but the scrutiny was never carried out. The PTI-led federal government can please Karachi residents by having census results verified.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1769063...can-give-back/


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    “It is not defeat that destroys you, it is being demoralized by defeat that destroys you.”
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    Disappointing so far that we haven't had any news on what's happening in Karachi yet. They really need to get something started there, LG elections are also coming soon too!

    Bodies like KMC are under federal government, and PTI also promised to launch a federal package for Karachi, and construct mass transit and water projects from federal funds too, but so far there has been absolutely no news.

    So far, they have only formed a Karachi advisory council, and MPAs have been doing their usual groundwork. Nothing major yet. Hoping to hear something soon.


    Last edited by hussain.r97; 12th September 2018 at 22:21.


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    “It is not defeat that destroys you, it is being demoralized by defeat that destroys you.”
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    I hope the package is something substantial. Karachi has placed massive trust in Khan, if he disappoints then we will have absolutely no one to turn to.


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    Faisal Vawda has promised something major in the next couple of days on the show of Hamid Mir. Don't whether this is his own independent initiative or something which involves PTI. Let's see...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asim_khan View Post
    Faisal Vawda has promised something major in the next couple of days on the show of Hamid Mir. Don't whether this is his own independent initiative or something which involves PTI. Let's see...
    We need federal rule in Karachi... These waderas of PPP are hellbent on turning it into Tharparkar.



    Its so dumb that Karachi gives 14 -15 seats to PTI and PPP comes in at number three with 3 seats but they rule over us.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    I hope the package is something substantial. Karachi has placed massive trust in Khan, if he disappoints then we will have absolutely no one to turn to.
    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    We need federal rule in Karachi... These waderas of PPP are hellbent on turning it into Tharparkar.



    Its so dumb that Karachi gives 14 -15 seats to PTI and PPP comes in at number three with 3 seats but they rule over us.
    PTI's biggest enemy in Karachi are the high expectations set by the people who voted for them. Many don't understand that PTI only have limited power in Karachi due to PPP still holding Sindh government, as well as things like waste management.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hussain.r97 View Post
    PTI's biggest enemy in Karachi are the high expectations set by the people who voted for them. Many don't understand that PTI only have limited power in Karachi due to PPP still holding Sindh government, as well as things like waste management.
    Best bet is to force Sindh government to implement new LG system that PTI is bringing out and hold free and fair elections on those.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Best bet is to force Sindh government to implement new LG system that PTI is bringing out and hold free and fair elections on those.
    PPP have already come out with a statement saying "PTIs LG reforms will cost too much, and in any case, the current system in Sindh works well." Jiye Bhutto!


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    Quote Originally Posted by hussain.r97 View Post
    PPP have already come out with a statement saying "PTIs LG reforms will cost too much, and in any case, the current system in Sindh works well." Jiye Bhutto!
    Zinda hai zinda hai zinda hai!!

    Is there some way Karachi can vote itself out of Sindh? As ridiculous as that sounds, or will that need the backing of the Sindh assembly? It and Hyderabad are nothing like the rest of Sindh, total anamolies.

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    PPP will never give up their golden goose Karachi which they can loot and plunder year after year. Who can convince the 'masum' people of interior Sindh to not vote for these looters again and again? Sindh will be in worse shape than Balochistan without Karachi.

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    Sindh cannot function workout Karachi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asim_khan View Post
    Zinda hai zinda hai zinda hai!!

    Is there some way Karachi can vote itself out of Sindh? As ridiculous as that sounds, or will that need the backing of the Sindh assembly? It and Hyderabad are nothing like the rest of Sindh, total anamolies.
    To turn Karachi into a province, a bill needs to be passed with a two third majority in the National Assembly, Senate, and Sindh Assembly, there is no way that is possible in the current government at least.

    This is why PTI have set a goal for empowering local governments and having directly elected mayors + a few more perks for Karachi. They know getting a 2/3 majority won't happen anytime soon, so they have instead opted to try and get something done that only needs a simple majority.

    Another solution (which is what MQM now proposes) is to create a new South Sindh province on an administrative basis, This new province would include Karachi, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Jamshoro, Thatta, Badin, Tharparkar, and Umarkot. The issue with that (or even making a province in just Karachi) is that Sindh will pretty much not function. If a new province is made, a special deal would need to be made between Sindh and the new province, where the new province will share some responsibility in uplifting and running Sindh.


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    PM due in Karachi tomorrow

    KARACHI: Prime Minister Imran Khan is arriving in Karachi on a one day visit on Sunday.

    This will be his first visit after becoming Prime Minister of Pakistan.

    The prime minister would visit the mausoleum of the Quaid-i-Azam, lay a wreath and offer fateha.

    He would also visit Mazar of Mohtarma Fatimah Jinnah and Shaheed-i-Millat Liaquat Ali Khan to offer fateha, Dawn learnt.

    During his stay in the metropolis, the prime minister would preside over a meeting on law and order at State Guest House.

    He would also address a party leaders’ meeting on the special development package for Karachi and other cities of the province.

    Besides, the prime minister would also meet elites of the city and a delegation of business community leaders and get a briefing from officials concerned about on-going federal government projects in Karachi, including Green Line Bus project, K-4 water project and the ongoing operation to root out terrorism.

    According to PTI sources, Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to announce another special package to provide relief to the people.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1432987/pm...rachi-tomorrow

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asim_khan View Post
    Zinda hai zinda hai zinda hai!!

    Is there some way Karachi can vote itself out of Sindh? As ridiculous as that sounds, or will that need the backing of the Sindh assembly? It and Hyderabad are nothing like the rest of Sindh, total anamolies.
    Is there any way to take Lahore out of Punjab too or does this only apply on Sindh?Maybe Peshawar out of KPK too if possible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick84 View Post
    Sindh cannot function workout Karachi.
    And Punjab cannot function without Lahore.Period!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fineline View Post
    And Punjab cannot function without Lahore.Period!
    Not accurate. Lahore isn’t a financial hub. Lahore doesn’t generate a lot of revenue. Lahore has a few big textile mills but that’s about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick84 View Post
    Not accurate. Lahore isn’t a financial hub. Lahore doesn’t generate a lot of revenue. Lahore has a few big textile mills but that’s about it.
    Exactly, there's a reason why the nooras are crying blue murder at the thought of a south Punjab, As a Punjabi myself I hate to say it but Lahore is all show and zero substance when put up against Karachi. Lahore has Minar-e-Pakistan/Badshahi masjid and that's about it. Get rid of the Punjab budget and it will collapse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asim_khan View Post
    Exactly, there's a reason why the nooras are crying blue murder at the thought of a south Punjab, As a Punjabi myself I hate to say it but Lahore is all show and zero substance when put up against Karachi. Lahore has Minar-e-Pakistan/Badshahi masjid and that's about it. Get rid of the Punjab budget and it will collapse.
    Well you're kind of down playing it. Lahore is the cultural and historical center of Punjab. The difference with Sindh is that it isn't all Lahore as it is with Karachi. Punjab has Faisalabad, Multan, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sialkot as well. Many of the major factories and Industrial units are outside of the major cities. Punjab can easily be divided into 3 provinces like Punjab, South Punjab or Siraikistan and Potohar.

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    Great news for Karachi, Khurram Sherzaman becomes President of PTI Karachi, replacing Firdous Shamim Naqvi.

    Finally someone young and competent, I hope he can turn things around for PTI Karachi before LG elections.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fineline View Post
    Is there any way to take Lahore out of Punjab too or does this only apply on Sindh?Maybe Peshawar out of KPK too if possible?
    There is a world of difference in the situation between Lahore and Karachi, the most important thing being the fact that Karachi and Hyderabad are demographically completely different to the rest of Sindh, Lahore on the other hand is demographically similar to the surrounding areas of Punjab.

    Yes, maybe Punjab can be divided into Potohar, Punjab, and Siraikistan.


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    Circular railway to run in Karachi soon: Imran Ismail

    KARACHI: Sindh Governor Imran Ismail on Saturday said the government has planned to run circular railway in the metropolis.

    Addressing the members of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), he said Minister for Railway would visit the city in this connection of October 16. The local rail service on the main line from Landhi to Cantt Station would also be made functional.

    Imran Ismail said the President, Sindh Governor and various Ministers in federal cabinet belong to Karachi.

    He said there was no policy of the incumbent government to harass beneficiaries of amnesty scheme.

    Sindh Governor said tender notice has been issued for the procurement of fire brigade vehicles.

    Measures were underway to prevent fire-related incidents in commercial centers of the city.

    He announced the formation of Governor businessmen liaison committee.

    He informed the KCCI members that a water desalination plant would be set up at the Karachi Port.

    He asked the members of KCCI to contact him in case of any issues.

    Imran Ismail said KMC vehicles along with the Solid WasteManagement were working.

    He said Northern Bypass would make a six-lane road.

    https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/37...n-imran-ismail


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    Is there anything done on public housing schemes in Karachi? A lot of ppl suffer a lot in monsoon season because of poor drainage systems in slums and other relatively impoverished areas. Their furniture, the little they have, gets destroyed because of the rain and poor planning. Hope they are working on something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hussain.r97 View Post
    KARACHI: Sindh Governor Imran Ismail on Saturday said the government has planned to run circular railway in the metropolis.

    Addressing the members of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), he said Minister for Railway would visit the city in this connection of October 16. The local rail service on the main line from Landhi to Cantt Station would also be made functional.

    Imran Ismail said the President, Sindh Governor and various Ministers in federal cabinet belong to Karachi.

    He said there was no policy of the incumbent government to harass beneficiaries of amnesty scheme.

    Sindh Governor said tender notice has been issued for the procurement of fire brigade vehicles.

    Measures were underway to prevent fire-related incidents in commercial centers of the city.

    He announced the formation of Governor businessmen liaison committee.

    He informed the KCCI members that a water desalination plant would be set up at the Karachi Port.

    He asked the members of KCCI to contact him in case of any issues.

    Imran Ismail said KMC vehicles along with the Solid WasteManagement were working.

    He said Northern Bypass would make a six-lane road.

    https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/37...n-imran-ismail
    We have been given this chuuran of KCR government after government for the last 20-30 years. Hopefully PTI isn't like previous governments and actually works on restarting it. However, the KCR in its present state does not even cover 10% of the city. It was built at a time when all of Karachi was encompassed within it, but now Karachi has expanded far beyond its reach. Need of the hour is several underground rail lines that connect all major population centers of the city.


    To give you a perspective, Delhi Metro has 8 lines and has a total of 214 stations, total length of 300km and the project was completed in three phases with total cost of approximately USD 12 billion. Now compare that with the Orange Line metro train has just 26 stations and barely covers any part of the city with total length of 27km and is costing in excess of USD 2 billion. So 1/10th of the stations, less than 1/10th of the total length but cost about 1/6th. Mashallah kuch khata hai tou lagata bhi hai.


    Then we have brain dead folks come here and tell us how 30 year rule of the Sharifs was the best thing for Pakistan.
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