Karachi: Former Karachi Mayor and Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) chief Mustafa Kamal has requested to the provincial government to immediately devolve powers to the elected mayor, owing to the underperformance of the Karachi mayor so far.

“This city needs powers to be devolved to the elected mayor at all costs for its development,” the PSP chief told reporters in the metropolitan on Sunday.

“By not giving powers to the mayor, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has usurped rights of 20.5 million people of this city,” Kamal said, adding “the CM alone cannot manage or even handle the issues confronting this city and must transfer powers”.

Referring to remarks by CM Sindh wherein he allegedly turned down demands from the mayor to transfer powers, Kamal, who was once a part of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) but went on to form his own party in March 2016, asked what if the premier himself takes over the CM’s powers.