Karachi mayor, deputy mayor election delay brings MQM, PTI on same page

MAMOSA Report, Jun 16, 2016 — MQM and PTI are moving up, close and reasonable with one another — in Karachi politics for the Mayor and Deputy Mayor’s elections.

Dunya News report confirms that undue and unknown delay in elections for the positions of Karachi mayor and deputy mayor has brought the mega city’s political adversaries Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) closer and on the same page.

Both parties have decided to solve the problems faced by Karachiites public together — a move which will leave Mustafa Kamal and his team not so happy.

While addressing a joint press conference involving both MQM and PTI leaders, Muttahida’s nominated mayor Wasim Akhtar said that the elections for mayor and deputy mayor were being delayed according to a planned conspiracy.

Wasim Akhtar (left); Firdous Naqvi (right)

Wasim Akhtar (left); Firdous Naqvi (right)

The Supreme Court ordered in mid-April that Karachi mayor and deputy mayor elections be conducted through secret ballot within 60 days. That hasn’t happened yet for reasons unknown to public and civil societies.

Related article: Supreme Court orders Karachi mayor’s election through secret ballot within 60 days

Wasim Akhtar added that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and PPP-led Sindh government were not serious in fulfilling the local bodies electoral procedure. Akhtar announced that a protest will be organised outside Election Commission’s provincial office on Thursday because of the delay in the elections.

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PTI leader Firdous Shamim Naqvi said that both parties have come together to solve the problems faced by the public while keeping their differences aside for the time being, further adding that decision regarding participation in MQM’s demonstration has yet not been made by the party.

Both leaders stated that Sindh government and Election Commission disregarded Supreme Court’s orders of completing the local bodies electoral procedure within 60 days.

Naqvi is a PTI central leader and a member of the PTI’s core-committee and head of its training council. He won the LB polls in UC-25 of the East district for the chairman’s seat and in UC-18 for the vice-chairperson’s slot.

According to a source, MQM and PTI may fill the Mayor and Deputy Mayor slot respectively – if MQM decides to support the latter to gain larger support from PTI thereby making former mayor Mustafa Kamal’s group marginalized. “It’s a possibility,” said Altaf Shakoor of Paasban to PKonweb.

“If MQM supports, Firdous from PTI could be elected Deputy Mayor,” Shakoor added.

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