Larkana: A large number of workers of political and religious parties led by Jamaat e Islami (JI) staged a sit-in at Jinnah Bagh Chowk here on Thursday, demanding transparency in verification of voter lists and carrying out this process with the assistance of army personnel.
The protest demonstration and sit-in continued for several hours, suspending traffic on the main roads. Protesting activists, carrying banners and placards chanted slogans, demanded checking of lists and removal of bogus entries in them as per the orders of Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F), Jeay Sindh Taraqqi Pasand Party (JSTPP), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), Sunni Tehreek, Sindh United Party (SUP), Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM), Awami Tehreek, Jamiat Ulema –e- Pakistan (JUP) and other parties participated in the sit-in.
JI Sindh chapter Secretary General Advocate Mumtaz Hussain Sahto, Advocate Ashiq Dhamrah, Kashif Shaikh, PML-F Larkana district Vice President Asghar Ali Abbasi, JUP provincial vice president Sindh chapter Hafiz Ahmed Ali Abbasi, SUP District President Qamaruddin Shaikh, JUI-F district President Rashid Mehmood Soomro, PML-N district General Secretary Ali Gohar Bhutto, Sunni Tehreek leader Hafiz Hussain Bux, Awami Tehreek leader Maqsood Soomro, JSQM Aresar group leader Mohammed Ali Abro, JSMM leader Mohammed Ali Abro, Sarfraz Anjum Kumbhar, Hari Abadgar Board central President Haji Abdul Majeed Shaikh, IJT Sindh General Secretary Zamir Raja Shaikh and others spoke.
Mumtaz Hussain Sahto said that the bogus voter lists are hindrance in the transparent election process in country, particularly Karachi. He said the Election Commissioner of Pakistan is a respectable person; however, he should not tolerate any political interference and the verdict of the Supreme Court should be implemented in letter and spirit.
The leaders in their speeches said free and fair elections in Pakistan would be doubtful if voter lists were not corrected and the electoral process continued to be manoeuvred by the vested interests.