Why lo­cal bodies are pow­er­less?

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - AZHAR THIRAJ

This is for the first time in the his­tory of Pak­istan that a demo­crat­i­cally elected gov­ern­ment have in­tro­duced lo­cal gov­ern­ment acts in their re­spec­tive con­stituen­cies. Each of the four prov­inces of Pak­istan has in­tro­duces a dis­tinct lo­cal gov­ern­ment act and the elec­tions for lo­cal bodies have been com­pleted but the elected lo­cal bodies are still wait­ing for their pow­ers to be de­volved. Al­most a year is gone but none of the prov­ince has fully ac­ti­vated its lo­cal gov­ern­ment mech­a­nism, which is cre­at­ing great un­rest amongst the elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives for lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

Here the ques­tion is why pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments are not ready to give rights to LG to be­come func­tional? If the aim was to keep them pow­er­less why elec­tions were held. It shows dual face of our democ­racy, dis­hon­esty of our par­lia­men­tar­i­ans and rul­ing par­ties of prov­inces. Our par­lia­men­tar­i­ans are not ready to share their pow­ers; they want the pub­lic to re­main their slaves. I think, this democ­racy is like a monar­chy; the rulers want only their dic­ta­tion, their rule. They change the definition of democ­racy as ‘the gov­ern­ment of the rulers, for the rulers, and by the rulers. This sys­tem must be changed. —Via email

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