PPP nominates unelected Murtaza Wahab for Karachi mayor candidate

KARACHI (HRNW) Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto on Monday nominated party’s spokesperson Murtaza Wahab for the Karachi mayor slot and Salman Murad for deputy mayor.

Taking to Twitter, he congratulated all the nominees for Sindh local government and expressed faith in the chosen candidates for “serving the people”.

Meanwhile, PPP Sindh president Nisar Khuhro announced names of slots of chairmen, deputy chairmen, mayors, and deputy mayors.

According to Sindh local government law, Mr Wahab will have to win the elections within six months to retain the slot if he is elected. The election for mayor slot are scheduled to be held on June 15. So far, no political party has managed to secure majority as PPP gained 155 seats while the JI succeeded in winning 130 seats. PTI stands at the third spot with 63 seats.

A simple majority of 179 is required for a mayor to be elected. The PDM has 175 seats while the JI and the PTI have 193 seats combined, placing the alliance apparently in the strong position to have their mayor elected.

Wahab asks JI to accept PPP’s mandate with ‘open mind’

Mr Wahab said the JI should accept the PPP’s mandate with open mind, adding that the people of Karachi gave mandate to the PPP. “It is the time to work,” he added.

Sharing his priorities as mayor with Dunya News, he said he would solve Karachi’s fundamental problems on emergency basis. “The administration would improve water and sanitation system, transport system, and city’s infrastructure under his watch,” he added.

He also vowed to open vocational training centres for youth.

In a Twitter post, he thanked the PPP’s leadership for the “honour of nominating” him for the post.

Nominations for other local government administrations

PPP nominated Kashif Shoro, Qazi Rashid, Muhammad Anwar Lohar, Arslan Sheikh, as mayoral candidates for Hyderabad, Benazirabad, Larkana city corporation, and Sukkur city coporation.

A list of nominess for chairmen, and vice chairmen for other district councils is as follows.

Kashmore district council
Chairman: Gul Muhammad Khan; Vice Chairman: Mir Altaf Khoso

Qambar Shehdad Kot district council
Chairman: Haji Qamarud din Gopang; Vice Chairman: Ghulam Muhammad

Kandh Kot district council
Chairman: Mir Rashid Khan; Vice Chairman: Sher Muhammad

Jacobabad district council
Chairman: Tahir Khoso

Ghotki district council
Chairman: Bangal Khan Mehar; Vice Chairman: Babar Khan Lond

Larkana district council
Chairman: Ijaz Leghari

Sukkur district council
Chairman: Syed Kumail Shah; Vice Chairman: Akhtar Ali Meher

Khairpur municipal committee
Chairman: Muhammad Phalpoto; Vice Chairman: Munir Mangi

Khairpur district council
Chairman: Sheraz Shokat Rajpar

Nowshero Feroze district council
Chairman: Sohail Abbasi

Benazirabad district council
Chairman: Ali Akbar Jamali

Umar Kot district council
Chairman: Haji Baqa Pali