Karachi: Jamat-e- Islamic Karachi’s spokesperson Zahid Askari has declared the Sindh government move as ‘anti-Karachi’ decision adding that the party would protest against the decision as there were been no moral and legal reasons to postpone the polls.
The party will explore every constitutional, legal, and democratic avenue to counter the Sindh government’s decision, the spokesperson noted.
Moreover, the Sindh High Court (SHC) dismissed the MQM-P’s petition, he said. The JI spokesperson asserted that Karachi could not be put back on track without holding the local body elections.
He said that the provincial government’s decision is meant to benefit the MQM-P, especially following their reunion. However, the citizens of Karachi have recognised the faces of these people, Askari said.
The MQM-P could not deliver despite having a run with municipal institutions for 35 years and they would not be able to deliver in the future, he said.
The court and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) have ruled in favour of holding LG elections. “Hence, the provincial government’s decision to postpone the polls stands in opposition to democracy and law and in contempt of the verdict of the court and the ECP,” he said.
The PPP is making efforts to help the MQM-P get elected, he alleged. The JI spokesperson alleged that the two parties had been in collusion but they had been issuing statements against each other.
In a statement, Leader of the Opposition in Sindh Assembly Haleem Adil Sheikh said that the MQM-P had worked as a pressure group to the Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) “subservient team”. Both parties — MQM and PPP — are two sides of the same coin, he said.
Sheikh disparaged PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari without naming him and said: “Sindh’s biggest ailment and money-worshipper fled Karachi after he had to lick the dust in Punjab.” He called on Zardari to quit politics by admitting moral as well as political defeat.
The PTI leader claimed that the people of Karachi have identified the “mercenaries and the killers” of the Muhajirs and Sindhis. Sheikh said that the provincial government has made the decision to delay the polls as the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) was quite frightened of the imminent defeat in Karachi and Hyderabad.
A single person — PTI Chairman Imran Khan — has exposed the whole system in front of the masses, he claimed. The PTI leader said that those who speak about democracy are scared of people’s democratic rights.
He added that the idea of going into public had disturbed the two parties — MQM-P and PPP. Sheikh said that the plan to occupy the city through the Chief Minister’s House, Bilawal House, and Governor’s House had “flopped”.
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