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SHC rejects MQM-P plea to postpone LG polls

The Sindh Excessive Court docket (SHC) on Thursday rejected Muttahida Qaumi Motion Pakistan’s (MQM-P) petition to halt the second part of the Sindh native authorities (LG) elections in Karachi and Hyderabad divisions.

The MQM-Pakistan had moved SHC looking for a delay in LG polls in Karachi and Hyderabad divisions over the problem of delimitations. The excessive courtroom issued the ruling whereas listening to a case concerning incomplete quorum of Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP).

In the course of the listening to, the ECP lawyer Abdullah Hanjra mentioned the electoral physique had determined to carry the LG polls in Karachi and Hyderabad divisions in step with the legislation. The SHC bench, in its ruling, mentioned it might concern an in depth verdict on the petition concerning incomplete ECP quorum after listening to arguments. The LG elections are set to happen in Karachi and Hyderabad division on Jan 15. Earlier, the ECP had rejected petitions filed by the MQM-P concerning ambiguity in voter lists in Karachi and Hyderabad.

A 3-member ECP bench, headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, introduced the decision after listening to arguments of the MQM-P and different events. The MQM-P, an ally of the Shehbaz Sharif-led coalition authorities, on Wednesday threatened to take a seat on the opposition benches over delimitations concern. The MQM factions together with MQM-Pakistan, MQM Bahali Committee, and Pak-Sarzameen Social gathering (PSP) had additionally staged a protest outdoors the ECP workplace in Karachi in opposition to delimitations.

Addressing the members of the demonstration, MQM-P chief Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui had mentioned that MQM has paid a heavy political value for this authorities and might go away it if their reservations weren’t resolved on a direct foundation. “We have now given two days time to resolve our reservations after that we [MQM] might be free to make our selections independently,” mentioned Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui whereas giving warning to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

In the meantime, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi chief Hafiz Naeemur Rehman has demanded the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP), Sindh authorities and different related quarters to take discover of MQM-P’s “menace” to disrupt the native physique elections.

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