KARACHI: Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar on Tuesday suspended Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) chairman Syed Mustafa Kamal as the city’s ‘Project Director Garbage’, mere hours after the former mayor was assigned the post to help clean up the metropolis.
Speaking to media earlier today, Akhtar said he had “suspended Mustafa Kamal from his post as Karachi’s Project Director Garbage until further orders”, less than 24 hours after Kamal was designated as Karachi Metropolitan Corporation’s (KMC) ‘Project Director Garbage’ to rid the city of garbage in 90 days.
A visibly enraged Mayor said, “instead of coming to the office and [working], Mustafa Kamal is busy with political point scoring.”
He added, “my sincerity was taken advantage of and used for politics. This means you [Mustafa Kamal] were not sincere in solving the problems of Karachi.”
On Monday, In a notification issued from the mayor’s office, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader had designated Kamal as the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation’s (KMC) ‘Project Director Garbage’, offering him to help clean the city in 90 days.
The mayor’s notification read, “in the light of the statement made and reported in electronic and Print Media that Syed Mustafa Kamal has Shown his willingness to Clean the City of Karachi within 90 days of time. I being Mayor of Karachi hereby designate Syed Mustafa Kamal as Project Director Garbage on Voluntary basis with immediate effect and until further order.”
The MQM-P, PSP, and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) – the ruling party in Sindh province – have been engaged in a fiery war of words and blame game over the administration’s general failure in dealing with the grievous aftermath of the recent spell of monsoon rains and sad state of affairs of water, sewerage and solid waste management in the city.
Kamal, who served as the city’s mayor when he was part of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), had earlier held Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar responsible for the city’s condition. He had claimed that he would show how to clean the city if given back the same powers for only 90 days.
Following Kamal’s claim that he would show how to clean the city if given the same powers for 90 days, Akhtar designated the PSP chief as ‘Project Director Garbage’ following the PSP chairperson’s claim.
Kamal, after accepting the challenge, thanked Akhtar for giving him the authority to clean Karachi’s garbage. He said that he had accepted the order, following which he was in-charge of the solid waste disposal in central, east, west, and Korangi districts of Karachi.
He said that he was taking over charge of his new responsibilities, therefore the municipal commissioner should give him a briefing.
Kamal declared Akhtar to be his boss, saying that others were his subordinates, and that he would “keep everyone awake” including the Karachi mayor.
Mayor Akhtar summoned Kamal to his office on Tuesday saying that his staff would brief Kamal regarding the situation.
Meanwhile, provincial minister and PPP leader Saeed Ghani had ensured his cooperation for Musfata Kamal.