In the wake of successful negotiations with the Sindh government over a controversial local government (LG) law, the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) has announced the termination of its sit-in.
Chief of the Joint Investigation Team in Karachi, Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman, made the statement in the early hours of Friday night following successful negotiations with a delegation from the Sindh government. The sit-in had been in place for 29 days.
A delegation from the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), led by Sindh Minister for Local Government Nasir Shah and consisting of Dr. Asim and Waqar Mehdi, came at the JI sit-in camp to hold discussions with the organization’s leadership.
Speaking to reporters, Nasir Hussain Shah stated that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) have reached an agreement to empower the mayor of Karachi.
They also agreed that the mayor would lead the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board while educational institutions and hospitals would be given over to the Local Bodies, which they described as “a win-win situation.” Shah suggested that the JI leadership call an end to the sit-in because their demands had been addressed by the province government, according to the report.
He went on to say that the majority of the demands have been met with agreement and that negotiations would continue on the remaining issues in order to reach an agreement.
Hajif Naeemur Rehman, who addressed the participants of the sit-in, commended them on their effort for empowering Karachi and noted that they were on the streets to demand basic rights, not to score political points.
He also announced that the sit-in will come to an end and that there would be no traffic closures today.
It was the end of a two-day ultimatum issued by JI Karachi chairman Hafiz Naeem ur Rehman, in which he demanded that the Sindh government fulfill the demands of protestors or else the sit-ins will be spread to other sections of the metropolis, which came to an end at midnight on Thursday.