Monday, September 26, 2022
KARACHI: Karachi Administrator Murtaza Wahab Monday announced his resignation from office after a high court restricted the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) from collecting taxes through the city's power utility.
The announcement to quit came on the heels of a Sindh High Court ruling (SHC) that temporarily barred the KMC from gathering municipal taxes through electricity bills.
Barrister Murtaza Wahab was appointed KMC administrator on August 6, 2021.
Addressing a press conference, a dismayed Wahab lamented the court decision and said: “It would have been easier for me to ask the prime minister and the chief minister for funds, but I did not, as I believe the way of the law is the only solution."
“The Constitution and the law of the land have a solution for everything.”
He said as per the relevant law, the metropolitan corporation was authorised to impose taxes.
“When the city roads are submerged, nobody knocks on Waseem Akhtar or Naeem-ur-Rehman’s door, and the citizens question me, the government, and the KMC for answers,” Wahab added.
He said as per the relevant law the metropolitan corporation was authorised to impose taxes.
“When the city roads are submerged, nobody knocks on Waseem Akhtar or Naeem-ur-Rehman’s door. People question me, the government, and the KMC,” Wahab added.
He claimed papers showed the recovery rate during Waseem Akhtar’s time was only 20 %. “Where was the money going then?”
Hinting at the rampant corruption during the time of the former mayor of the coastal city, Wahab said Waseem Akhtar had hired a private contractor to collect the taxes. “Once they collected Rs200 million and were given Rs40 million,” he alleged.
The administrator also claimed his hands were clean and asserted he fought the dirt in the system at the cost of his rightful comfort.
“I was out in the field during the disasters supervising the repairs, rescue, and relief work personally. I was working while wearing a mask during the COVID-19 outbreak. I always tried to serve people indiscriminately without any bias.”
Wahab said his mistake was that instead of his pocket, he loved the KMC.
“There are forces at work here that doesn’t let us do our job efficiently. It’s not easy to work in this city as everything is resisted here.”
The outgoing administrator of the country’s financial hub said he had diabetes and the work-related stress was worsening it, which was taking a toll on his health.
He said he would send his resignation to Chief Minister Sindh after this press conference.