KARACHI, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 11th Jan, 2017 ) : In response to Karachi Chamber's suggestion, Mayor Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Waseem Akhtar has agreed to form a liaison committee between KMC and KCCI to look into the civic issues of the city and accordingly give recommendations for resolving the same on priority basis. Speaking at a meeting during his visit to Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), City Mayor Waseem Akhtar nominated Deputy Mayor KMC Dr.
Arshad Vohra as focal person for KMC-KCCI Liaison Committee, At least four to five representatives from Karachi Chamber will also be part of this committee, said KCCI press release on Wednesday. Chairman Businessmen Group and former president KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli, Deputy Mayor KMC Dr. Arshad Vohra, President KCCI Shamim Ahmed Firpo, Senior Vice President KCCI Asif Nisar, Vice President KCCI Muhammad Younus Soomro, former presidents KCCI A.
Q. Khalil and Younus Muhammad Bashir, Chairman Special Committee for Small Traders Majeed Memon and KCCI Managing Committee members were present on the occasion. Mayor KMC Waseem Akhtar admitted that they made many mistakes in the past but instead of arguing further and blaming each other for these mistakes. It was high time to look forward and work sincerely for the betterment of Karachi. He was of the view that city governments around the world were most powerful but unfortunately in case of Karachi, the city government was very weak due to lack of powers.
"We delivered in the past when city government had powers. We once again demand these powers, particularly the administrative and financial powers so that we can deliver", he added. Seeking Karachi Chamber's support to resolve the civic issues of Karachi, Mayor KMC presented a document carrying numerous proposals on how KCCI and KMC could work together to improve the poor standard of living in Karachi. "We don't need funds from the business community but we want you people to come forward and support us by owning some of KMC's assets including schools, parks, hospitals and dispensaries etc.
", he remarked. Chairman Businessmen Group in KCCI and former president KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli said it was really unfortunate that all political parties of Sindh including Pakistan Peoples Party, Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Awami National Party or any other party do not bother to look beyond their party matters/interests, which was the basic reason why Karachi city continued to suffer.