>>>>>>I OWN KARACHI<<<<<<
On 14th August 2008 Nazim Karachi Syed Mustafa Kamal formally launched a unique City Ownership Program “I Own Karachi”. Responding to the appeal of City Nazim thousands of people from all walks of life rushed to Civic Center for registering themselves as “City Owners”. The aspirants included a good number of women, laborers , students, businessmen, sportsman, government officers, elected representatives, office bearers of Arts Council, KATI, LATI, Baqai University, rickshaw/taxi drivers and even pesh imam. Earlier City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal appealed to citizens of Karachi to come forward and own their city by sparing at least a couple of hours a week for working in a hospital, school, park or at roads. The main aim behind the launching of this program was creating a sense of ownership among the citizens of Karachi.
Festive mood was seen at the Civic Centre Lawn on 14th August-the first day of registration of city volunteers as thousands of people including City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal, City Naib Nazim Mrs. Nasreen Jalil and DCO Karachi Javed Hanif were also present on the occasion. Staff of City Government received registration forms from 10 am to 7pm on the first day. A total of 7050 forms were submitted on 14th August. Considering the rush of the people at the counter, City Nazim also directed concerned department to set up a permanent registration office at civic centre. So far thousands of citizens have received their membership, cards as “City Owners” from City Government and performed their duties in different sectors of civic life.
Talking to media representatives on this occasion, City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal said that the citizens of Karachi could not asked for better gift than this on the Independence Day. He said that the volunteers will be issued with the same cards irrespective of their financial status or background and each one who would take the responsibility of protecting the trees or bus stop in front of their homes or business place will be the “City Owner”. He said that instead of criticizing the government , its policies or projects, people should come forward and own their city.