Murtaza Wahab was sworn in as Mayor Karachi on Monday.
Provincial Election Commissioner Sindh Ejaz Anwar Chohan administered Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Murtaza Wahab’s oath.
Following Wahab’s oath, Karachi Deputy Mayor Salman Abdullah also took the oath of office.
The oath-taking ceremony of the mayor and deputy mayor was attended by PPP Chairman and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, various ministers, and advisors.
After taking the oath, Murtaza Wahab in a tweet said, “Honoured to have taken oath as Mayor #Karachi. Grateful for the trust shown by Chairman Bilawal, President Zardari & Mrs. Talpur in my capacity to lead our great city. Inshallah all #PPP members, Salman & I will work together to serve the people of our city. Jeay Bhutto.”
Honoured to have taken oath as Mayor #Karachi. Grateful to the trust shown by Chairman Bilawal, President Zardari & Mrs Talpur on my capacity to lead to our great city. Inshallah all #PPP members, Salman & I will work together to serve the people of our city. Jeay Bhutto pic.twitter.com/nlY2wcunot— Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui (@murtazawahab1) June 19, 2023
On the other hand, a petition has been filed against him in the Sindh High Court (SHC) seeking to “de-notify, suspend and cancel” his appointment.
The petitioner Muhammad Amir Khan has stated that “Murtaza Wahab was not the chosen representative of the people as of 15th June 2023, nor at the time of his Oath, hence, his election and appointment as Mayor Karachi and subsequent exercise of power and authority on behalf of Stale as “Mayor Karachi” is unconstitutional, ultravires with the Basic Scheme constitution and is therefore liable to be suspended, canceled and to be de-notified ab intio forthwith.”