Three-day sit-in outside PEC office announced

Karachi: Political and religious parties have announced a three-day sit-in from Jan 26 outside the office of the Provincial Election Commission PEC against the absence of army personnel during the process of voters’ verification.

The announcement was made here on Wednesday by the leaders of different political and religious parties while addressing a protest camp set up outside the PEC office.

The leaders informed that a 3day sit-in will start from Jan 26 at 3.00pm and will continue till evening.

They were on their views that Chief Election Commissioner CEC should take decision in the favour of the Karachiites without feeling the pressure of any party.

Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi Ameer Muhammad Hussain Mehanti, General Secretary Naseem Siddiqui, Saleem Zia of PMLN, Nadir Akmal Leghari of PTI, Umer Sadiq of JUIF, Mehfooz Yar Khan of AML, Mazhar Rahoja of Awami Tehreek, Mustaqeem Noorani of JUP, Matloob Awan of ST, Irfanullah Marwat of PMLN and other leaders spoke.

Mehanti charged that the electoral process was being hijacked by a particular political party. He claimed the violation of SC orders was being continued, as the electoral rolls were once again being prepared at offices of a political party.

Saleem Zia said the appointment of Fakhruddin G Ibrahim as Chief Election Commissioner CEC was aimed at holding free, fair and transparent elections, and he should reject political pressure from any side.

Maulana Umer Sadiq said opposition parties were ready to sacrifice for restoration of real democracy through correct voter lists.

Irfanullah Marwat said SC verdict was not being implemented in true letter and spirit and voters’ verification was being continued in the absence of army personnel.

Mustaqeem Noorani said that each and every party has reposed full confidence in the election commission it should refrain by favouring any one particular party.

Mehfooz Yar Khan welcomed the EC order pertaining to ban on recruitment on political basis in government departments.

Matloob Awan said the political and religious parties have shown unity for the rights of citizens of Karachi.