KARACHI, March 4: Absence of elected local governments at the district, town and union council levels in the current transition period will not at all affect the ‘Hamara Karachi’ festival, which will be celebrated from March 10 to 24 in the city as usual.

This was announced by Sindh Local Government Minister Agha Siraj Durrani and President of the Hamara Karachi Foundation Ms Nasreen Jalil at a press conference held on Thursday at the Karachi Press Club. A detailed scheduled of the programmes to be held during the festival was also released by Ms Jalil, who served as the naib city nazim of the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) dissolved recently on completion of its tenure.

Mr Durrani said the Sindh government had always supported CDGK’s measures towards the uplift of the province and betterment of its people. He held out the assurance that the provincial government would continue to extend the support and cooperation to such measures and programmes in future.

The minister also urged the media to give suitable coverage to the programmes. Earlier, Ms Jalil told journalists that “Karachi is home to different communities and cultures… at the moment, it is in a dire need of such cultural celebrations aimed at inculcating a sense of ownership into its inhabitants.” She said the event was introduced as an annual feature with a view to develop cordial and brotherly relations among all communities living in Karachi.

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