MQM-Pakistan to quit PDM govt and ‘BOYCOTT’ the LG polls on delimitation issues

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) is inching closer in separating from the PDM federal government.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement factions including MQM-Pakistan, MQM Bahali Committee, and Pak-Sarzameen Party (PSP) Wednesday staged a protest outside the ECP office in Karachi against delimitations.

MQM-P Convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui announced this while addressing the joint protest of MQM-P, Pak Sar Zameen Party (PSP) and splinter groups of the MQM outside the ECP office in Karachi against delimitations.

Siddiqui also announced that the leaders of the protesting parties will go to the commission’s office to register their protest.Expressing grave concerns on elections on current delimitations, MQM-P convener claimed that there will be no voting in the megalopolis if his party boycotted them.

Khalid Maqbool Siddique accused Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) of pre-poll rigging contending that constituencies where MQM dominates comprise 90,000 voters while those where PPP was dominating have only 20,000.

“We are given two days time to resolve our reservations after that we [MQM] will be free to make our decisions independently,” said Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui while giving warning to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

“PM Shahbaz should tell Muhajirs of Karachi and Hyderabad are his people or not,” he added.

MQM-P Bahali Committee head Dr Farooq Sattar said that MQM factions are staging a protest demonstration over ECP’s impartial attitude.

“ECP has deprived citizens of Karachi and Hyderabad of their basic rights by not doing justice regarding delimitations,” Farooq Sattar said. He called upon the people of Karachi (Muhajirs) to stand up against injustice and get their basic rights.

On Monday 9 January, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) rejected petitions filed by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) regarding ambiguity in voter lists in Karachi and Hyderabad.

A three-member ECP bench, headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, announced the verdict after hearing arguments of the MQM-P and other parties.

Yesterday,A two-member bench headed by SHC Chief Justice Ahmed Ali Sheikh heard and rejected two petitions of MQM-P regarding objections over delimitation of constituencies.

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