PML-N and MQM-P come together to strengthen local governments in Pakistan

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The PML-N and MQM-P have signed a formal agreement to empower local governments through the proposed 26th amendment. This agreement aims to establish local governments that will draw powers directly from the federation, rather than provinces. The agreement, signed by Ahsan Iqbal of the PML-N and Syed Mustafa Kamal of the MQM-P, includes plans to introduce Articles 140-B and 140-C, as well as adding a sixth schedule to the Constitution.

The proposed bill seeks to redefine the role and responsibilities of local governments, ensuring that political, administrative, and financial authority is devolved to elected representatives. It outlines the establishment of metropolitan city governments in major cities and various levels of municipal and town governments based on population size. The draft amendment also addresses the tenure, election process, powers, functions, and finances of local governments.

Overall, the memorandum of understanding between the PML-N and MQM-P signifies a joint effort towards creating autonomous and empowered local governments as envisioned in the proposed 26th amendment.

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