Centre likely to invoke Article 149 (4) to address Karachi woes

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(Karachi News): Federal Government is expected to play its constitutional function to revive the town of lighting into the former exuberance with a proposition to invoke Article 149 (4) of this constitution. Federal Law Minister Farogh Naseem before on Wednesday succeeded at distributing Article 149 (4) from Karachi to handle problems faced by the town on a direct basis.”Article 149 (4) neither discusses for judicial principle nor any emergency.

It’s an independent post that informs the national government has executive ability and based on that it could give directives to some provincial authorities,” he added. In case of non-compliance of the executive order by the provincial government, the centre will seek a ruling from the Supreme Court of Pakistan under Article 184 (1) of the constitution, Naseem further said.

He said the People’s Party have very qualified lawyers, it will be good to see them answer these clauses of the constitution. 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.

When asked about who will rule the metropolis after passing of the article, the federal law minister refused to give any details on the matter. Law Minister Farogh Naseem hinted on Wednesday at the federation’s intent to invoke Article 149 (4) in Karachi.

The minister said the time had come to impose Article 149 (4) in Karachi, given the deteriorating situation of the megapolis. “Neither does Article 149 (4) talk of judicial principle nor imposing a crisis,” Naseem told.”It is an independent post, that states that the national government has an executive jurisdiction where it may issue directives to some provincial authorities, in case there are problems pertaining to peace, tranquility and financial existence,” he clarified.

Under Article 149 (4), the executive authority of the Federation will likewise extend to the giving of instructions to a state regarding the way the executive authority is to be exercised with the goal of preventing any grave menace to the peace or tranquillity or financial existence span of Pakistan or any component thereof.

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