Reservation On LGs Persist, 'Pre-poll Ragging is Underway,' Claims MQM - Capital TV

June 3, 2023


Reservation On LGs Persist, ‘Pre-poll Ragging is Underway,’ Claims MQM

Anum Razzaque

KARACHI: Convener of Muttahida Qaumi Movement Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui raised the question on the delimitation of constituencies and voter lists on Wednesday and claimed that pre-poll rigging has been starting in Karachi and Hyderabad.

On 4Jan the delegation of MQM led by Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui met with Ameer Jamat-e-Islami Karachi Hafiz Naeem ur Rehman at Idara Noor-ul-Haq and shared their concerns regarding Local Government (LG) polling.

However, he expressed his views regarding Local Government Elections (LGs), saying, according to our views, feudal democracy is a risk for fundamental democracy and “pre-poll ragging is underway.”

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He raised the point to prove his comment referring to pre-poll ragging, “the population of Karachi had already been counted half from the actual in the census of 2018,” adding, “the voter lists are confusing”.

Expressing the reservations about the delimitation of constituencies, Siddiqui said mismanagement has detected in UCs and the numbers of voters.

Meanwhile, MQM and Pakistan People’s Party had already seated at the table of dialogues referring to the delimitation of constituencies, which was revealed as an unsuccessful talk.

Siddiqui said, we also want an on-time election, but it should be free and fair, we have presented our stance in court, as well as the parliament house, and we also had dialogues about the issue, but the time has come when we need to street out.

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Siddiqui announced the protest against delimitation on 9th of January and invited Jamat-e-Islami to raise their voice with MQM.

Meanwhile, on the occasion, Hafiz Naeem ur Rehman said the Democratic parties ruling in the country, don’t want to devolve power to lower levels, Jamaat-e-Islami also filed a petition in court for the correctness of the voter lists, but even so, the elections were conducted on fake voter lists.

He said Jamaat-e-Islami held a 29-day dharna for the right of Karachi and, On 8 January, Jamaat-e-Islami will make a grand announcement at a public rally in Karachi.

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