Karachi: Welcoming the Supreme Court verdict ordering Election Commission of Pakistan to verify voter lists in Karachi, Amir Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi Muhammad Hussain Mehnti has demanded of the ECP to immediately implement the court verdict in letter and spirit.
Addressing a hurriedly called press conference after the SC decision here at Idara Noor-e-Haq, Mehanti termed the apex court decision as a victory of masses.
“JI welcomes the verdict which has foiled the designs of “Thappa mafia”, he said.
He also demanded of the SC to constitute teams to monitor the electoral process and foil attempts to take over polling stations, holding polling staff hostage and stuffing of ballot with fake votes.
Mehanti said that the SC verdict ordering the ECP to rectify and verify the voters’ lists with the help of Army and FC personnel by going door-to-door was the victory of the people of Karachi.
“The designs to transfer hundreds of thousands of voters of Karachi to other provinces and registration of about 10 lakhs voters to areas of the city other than their residential areas was to stuff ballot boxes by taking over polling stations, but the nefarious design of the Thappa mafia was foiled by the apex court through its historic verdict,” he said.
He said that the gross irregularities and tempering of voters’ lists in Karachi was at such a great scale that had no parallel. He said that the electoral rolls were prepared in sector and unit offices of the ethnic party and an attempt was made that the lists should be prepared favourable to the MQM.
He said that electoral process in the metropolis had been held hostage by MQM for the last 25 years. Taking over polling stations, making polling staff hostage and stuffing ballot boxes with fake votes has been MQM’s old modus operandi, he alleged.