Opposition parties start sit-in, demand voter verification in army supervision

Karachi: Political and religious parties belonging to opposition started a three-day sit-in here on Saturday outside the office of the Provincial Election Commission PEC to raise their demand for voters’ verification under supervision of army.

The sit-in, amongst others, was participated by Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi Ameer Muhammad Hussain Mehanti, Sirajul Haq, Laeeq Khan, Hameedullah and Birjees Ahmed, Ali Akbar Gujar of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Syed Hafizuddin and Zubair Khan of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf PTI, Maulana Ghayasuddin and Qari Ghulam Yaseen of Jamiat Ulemae Islam Fazl JUIF, Khuwaja Naveed of Sindh United Party SUP, Gulzar Ahmed Soomro of Sindh Taraqqi Pasand Party STPP, Laeeq Ahmed of Tanzeemul Ikhwan, Saddiq Khan Mandokhel of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, minority leader Michal Jawed, Matloob Awan of Sunni Tehreek, Mazhar Ali Advocate of Awami Tehreek, Mustaqeem Noorani of Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan JUP and Molana Ghulam Mustafa Farooqi of Jamiat Ulemae Islam Sami JUIS.

Mehanti addressing on the occasion thanked the participating political and religious leaders. He said they all have gathered here seeking fair and free election and peace in Karachi. He alleged that the electoral process was being hijacked by a particular political party. He claimed the violation of Supreme Court orders regarding voter verification process was being continued, as the electoral rolls were once again being prepared at offices of a political party.

Sirajul Haq said the appointment of Fakhruddin G Ebrahim as Chief Election Commissioner CEC was aimed at holding free, fair and transparent elections, and he should reject political pressure from any side. He said if the ECP remained under political pressure the election would again become a mere selection.

He said all participating parties will stage a sit-in before Parliament if the chief election commissioner not followed the order of Supreme Court and order voters verification under the supervision of law enforcing agencies.
Gulzar Soomro said every individual has the right to speak and select candidate as per his or her free choice. He said politicizing of voter verification process would usurp this right of people.

Other leaders said opposition parties were ready to sacrifice for restoration of real democracy through correct voter lists. They said the SC verdict was not being implemented in true letter and spirit and voters’ verification was being continued in the absence of army.

They said sit-in will continue on Sunday and Monday. They said it would end when ECP starts its works according to Supreme Court order to ensure presence of army personnel during the process of voter verification.

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