According to a source, Barrister Murtaza Wahab will keep up his administration of Karachi amid the Sindh government’s refusal to accept his resignation on Wednesday.
Following the Sindh High Court’s (SHC) order to prohibit the collection of Karachi Metropolitan Cooperation (KMC) tax in power bills, the leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) resigned from his position three days ago.
Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, the Sindh Minister of Local Government, said that Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has ordered him to continue his duties while speaking at a press conference alongside Information Minister Sharjeel Memon and Sindh Minister for Excise Mukesh Chawla.
The selection of a PPP “Jiyala” as administrator of Karachi, who in his opinion was acting in the best interests of the population, had not been received well by all parties, he said.
Shah continued, “It appears that Murtaza Wahab was struck with emotion and offered resignation.
The province government has provided the flour mills a Rs25 billion subsidy, the excise and taxation minister responded in response to a question, regulating the price of flour at Rs65 per kg.
Chawla added that one flour mill had already been shut down for disobeying directions from the government. “Flour is being sold at an extortionate price despite our subsidy. We’ll deal with the mills,” he declared.
Earlier this week on Monday, Karachi Administrator Murtaza Wahab announced his resignation from his position as a result of a high court order prohibiting the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) from collecting taxes through the city’s power service.
The resignation was announced shortly after the Sindh High Court (SHC) temporarily prohibited the KMC from collecting municipal taxes through power bills. Murtaza Wahab had claimed that the metropolitan corporation was permitted to levy taxes under the applicable statute.