Islamabad mayor Sheikh Anser Aziz on Tuesday stepped down from his post citing curtailed powers and being unable to “help my people”.

“The way we have been pushed to the wall with all powers taken back by federal government, MCI (Metropolitan Corporation of Islamabad) can no longer serve its dearest citizens. Better to quit if I can’t help my people,” he wrote on Twitter.

A photo of his resignation letter was attached, along with the statement for the “record” that the resignation followed clearance of two references, audits and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) inquiries.

Aziz said that MCI had funds but there was no release of their funds as there was no finance department put to the task. “We did our best to keep things moving. But now all departments under MCI have been withdrawn, handed over to CDA,” he said.

He thanked his “dearest citizens” for their support, for pointing out where the administration was weak and appreciated where they were strong.

“We all worked together to make Islamabad beautiful, clean, green, healthy and safest. Respect,” he said in conclusion.

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