Local Governance In Islamabad: An Investigation Of The Administrative Structure Of Islamabad
Author: Aqib Shakeel Abbasi

Soon after the Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government Act (LGA) 2015was promulgated, local government elections were held in Islamabad. As an outcome of the elections, the Municipal Corporation of Islamabad was formed. The then ruling party, PLMN, won most of the seats, and a mayor was selected on the technocrat’s seat. CDA was to transfer human resources and much of its department to the newly elected MCI. During the entire process of transfer of resources, workforce, funds, and authority, bureaucratic hurdles were created by the CDA administration, local MNA’s, and the ministry of the interior itself. The situation got worse when PTI came into power in 2018. After that, it was a tug of war between MCI, CDA, and ICT institutions. The CDA and ICT are under direct PTI’s control, and MCI is headed by Mayor belonging to PMLN. The five-year tenure of the local government was a mess as no development work could be initiated in Islamabad. MCI was not given financial autonomy; power was kept in the hands of MNA’s and Commissioner Islamabad. As soon as MCI’s tenure was over, the development work kick-started in Islamabad. The LG system was not able to deliver due to many flaws. These are categorized as constitutional loopholes, financial issues, lack of Devolution of power, lack of legislation for Islamabad, and above all, due to the political hurdles created by the MNA’s during PMLN’s tenure and PTI’s tenure. On paper, the system is excellent and suitable for Islamabad, but it needs more autonomy. Preferably a separate legislative assembly for Islamabad with Mayor being its chief executive. Supervisor:- Lubna Hasan

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Supervisor: Lubna Hassan

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