MQM boycotts re-polling at Karachi’s NA-250
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has rejected the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) request for conducting re-election on all polling stations of Karachi‘s NA-250 constituency. ECP has sustained its earlier decision to only conduct re-polling at 46 polling stations (out of total 180) where complaints of massive rigging were received. NA-250 is the hottest constituency where Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) Khushbakht Shujaat was contesting elections against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Dr. Arif Alvi.
On May 11, 2013, scores of people come out to vote all over Karachi and Pakistan. Several rigging complaints were made not only in Karachi but from all over Pakistan. Media has also reported colossal irregularities in Punjab’s polling stations. Muttahida Qaumi Movement‘s leader Raza Haroon announces his party decision at a press conference yesterday to boycott the re-polling due on May 19, 2013. He complained that holding re-polling at 43 polling stations out of 180 is unfair. He also added that it is conspiracy to undermine MQM’s mandate.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Awami National Party (ANP), Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and other political parties were demanding re-reelection on all constituencies of Karachi under the supervision of securities forces like Rangers and Army. The supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) were holding peaceful sit-ins all over Karachi for demanding the same since May 13th. Earlier MQM’s founder and leader Altaf Hussain statement have cause a serious controversy and uproar when he threaten the peaceful PTI’s supporters at sit-ins, media people, news anchors and journalists. Media and news analysts were discussion rising popularity of Imran Khan’s PTI in Karachi where thousands of young and old voters had came out to vote under the sever threats of bomb blasts, firing, intimidation and rigging.
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