JI demands govt to ensure free, fair LG polls today

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Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi chief Engr Hafiz Naeemur Rehman has appealed Karachiites to vote for scale to elect honest and capable leadership for the city and asked the Sindh government and state institutions to ensure free and fair local government elections today.

The JI leader expressed these views and made the demand at a press conference held at Idara Noor-e-Haq, the JI Karachi headquarters, here on Saturday. Speaking on the occasion, the JI leader welcomed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) despite illegal and unconstitutional pressure to further delay the local government elections.

He urged the citizens to vote for the sake of Karachi and set aside their political affiliations in order to secure the future of the city of lights. No quarter was more power than vote itself, he said, adding that the each and every citizen has an obligation to cast his or her vote and facilitate others to cast their votes.

He said women and youth will have to play their due role for a positive and durable political change in Karachi through peaceful means. He asked that the votes of youth and women will be crucial in today’s local government elections.

Zero plus zero always results in zero, no matter how many zeros are added, he said while commenting over the apparently enforced and politically illogical merger of various factions and a political party into the Muttahida Qaumi Movement. He further said that unfortunately the MQM always sold out the mandate of Karachi and Karachiites and played the role of a facilitator for the feudal mindset of the Pakistan People Party. He expressed his hope that today’s date will change the course of history of Karachi.