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  Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar said KMC assets were not the personal property of anyone.  
  Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar said KMC assets were not the personal property of anyone therefore people of Karachi would not allow to distribute these assets among others without the consent of city council. Premise of Bagh Ibne Qasim was gifted by Parsi Community to Karachi city and the notification issued for its transfer to private organization was illegal and we will resist its implementation by submitting petition in the court. He said this while addressing to a hurriedly called press conference in Bagh Ibne Qasim in Clifton on Friday afternoon. Chairman of DMC Central Rehan Hashmi, Chairman of DMC East Moeed Anwer, Chairman of DMC Korangi Syed Nayyar Raza and vice chairman of DMC Central Shakir Ali were also present on this occasion. Mayor Karachi said he was not against the adoption of parks by private organization but this must be done by fulfilling all codal formalities which required council’s approval along with other things. Referring to the Section 74 of the SLGA 2013, he said this section said any function of council can be transferred to government or vice versa. He said only functions were described as transferable in this section of the act and not the assets. He said the notification of secretary local government was thus in violation of the SLGA 2013. Mayor Karachi said we are elected people and we are not criticizing anyone but just want to make the correction or guidance in such matters. He thanked Malik Riyaz of Bahria Town for making him a phone call today and said he will not adopt this park without taking on board the KMC Council and the Mayor of Karachi. He said this being the second instance of failure of Sindh Government within a week’s time, firstly the Supreme Court of Pakistan gave its verdict on the functioning of solid waste management to Sindh Government and now Malik Riyaz gave his statement. Mayor Karachi said due to the historical importance of Bagh Ibne Qasim and Kothari parade this place could not be handed over to anyone. He said Bagh Ibne Qasim was developed as a lush green and beautiful park; however this huge park got devastated due to negligence of city administrators in last eight years. After wards Mayor Karachi visited Bagh Ibne Qasim with the district chairmen and media representatives and gave answers to their queries.  






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