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Centre May Take Over Control of Karachi Under Article 149: Farogh

ISLAMABAD: Keeping in view the increasing Karachiites woes, the federal government may take over the administrative affairs of Karachi by invoking Article 149 (4) of the constitution, Federal Law Minister Dr Farogh Naseem said on Thursday.

Federal Law Minister Farogh Naseem earlier on Wednesday hinted at imposing Article 149 (4) in Karachi to address issues faced by the city on an immediate basis.

The strategic committee will submit its proposals to Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Federal Cabinet and if the cabinet endorse the proposal then an executive order to the effect will be sent to the provincial government of Sindh, the minister said.

He earlier said that from the past 11 years the provincial government has ruined Karachi and did nothing except creating water woes and garbage issues for the masses of the megacity.

Dr Naseem is the head of a high-powered committee recently set up by the prime minister to work out plans to address issues being faced by the residents of Karachi.

The committee is tasked with suggesting short-, medium- and long-term measures for the betterment of the metropolis.

Article 149 (4) reads: “The executive authority of the Federation shall also extend to the giving of directions to a Province as to the manner in which the executive authority thereof is to be exercised for the purpose of preventing any grave menace to the peace or tranquillity or economic life of Pakistan or any part thereof.”