Karachi needs a good local bodies system not provincial status, says Imran Khan
KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Wednesday said that Karachi, as a mega city, does not need provincial status but a good local government system to progress, ARY News reported.
Speaking to media at Karachi airport, Imran Khan, whose party supports a similar demand in South Punjab, said that Karachi should not be made a province but should be given a proper local bodies system like London and other mega-cities.
“Karachi needs a directly elected mayor who can serve the city. We need a province in Punjab for the province’s population makes it bigger than rest of the three provinces. People of South Punjab have this complex that most of the province’s budget get spent in Lahore,” said Imran Khan.
The PTI chief who was visiting Karachi as a part of his election campaign, earlier spoke to people in different areas of the city.
Speaking to workers and supporters in city’s Qayyumabad area, he expressed hope that Karachi will vote for PTI as the city is now free of MQM’s fear.
“In the past, anyone who dared to leave Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and join PTI, was either kidnapped or killed and people were afraid to vote for any other party but MQM, but the days of (their) terror are gone and now Karachi will vote freely and God willing, will vote for PTI,” Imran Khan had said.
It is pertinent to note here that Imran Khan is contesting polls from Karachi’s NA-243 constituency where he will lock horns with MQM’s Ali Raza Abidi, PSP’s Muzammil Qureshi and PPP’s Syeda Shehla Raza.