PKonweb Report — Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto will address a public meeting in Mahmoodabad neighborhood of Karachi — Pakistan’s financial capital, on Friday.
According to a statement issued in the metropolis on Wednesday, Bilawal will address the gathering in connection with the election campaign for the hotly contested PS-114 seat.
By-election in the Sindh Assembly constituency PS-114 Karachi will be held on Sunday July 9. The constituency has an ethnic mix comprising medium and lower-middle class, with a sizable number of minority (Hindus and Christians) residents marginalized by years of neglect and lack of basic amenities.
Parties contesting have fielded their heavyweights. Senator Saeed Ghani is contesting as PPP candidate against Engr. Najeeb Haroon — cofounder of PTI, Kamran Tessori of MQM-Pakistan and Ali Akbar Gujjar of PML-N.
Irfanullah Marwat, a politician who has been active in the constituency’s politics since the 80s and was elected twice to the seat, is not competing in the by-polls. Instead, he’s supporting PTI’s Haroon.
Jamaat Islami has also fielded its candidate.
According to reports, Christian vote in the constituency can decisively sway the direction of the July 9 by-elections. The contesting parties have therefore been making efforts to muster the support of the community.
Party stalwarts have been in the city for the last few days to sway the voters in their respective party’s favor. Whosoever manages to convince the largest number of voters to come out on poll day and vote for their candidate may possibly get the edge, said Badar Naqvi, a professional engineer with keen interest in Karachi politics.
PML-N’s Sen. Mushahidullah Khan, PTI leaders former Gov Punjab Ch. Sarwar and MNA Asad Umar have been addressing corner meetings and neighborhood rallies to garner supports from different sections of the constituency, specially the Christian community.
Meanwhile, PTI has demanded that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) deploy Sindh Rangers inside and outside every polling station in the constituency on election day.
A Control Room has been established in Election Commission’s Secretariat Islamabad to receive polling day complaints for the hotly contested seat.
July 9 result will indicate local and national mood, said Aurangzeb, an activist known as Mr. Fixit for his campaign against open manholes in the megacity.