JI threatens to hold sit-in outside CM House over LG polls

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Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi chief Engr Hafiz Naeemur Rehman has announced a 24-hour deadline for the Pakistan People Party government in Sindh to clear it’s stance on the local government elections to be held on January 15 and withdraw the letter written to the Election Commission of Pakistan, seeking further delay in the polls.

The firebrand leader said that the JI will be staging a protest sit-in outside the Sindh Chief Minister House, if the government fails to meet the deadline. He announced the ultimatum at a press conference held at Idara Noor-e-Haq, the JI Karachi headquarters, here on Tuesday.

Speaking on the occasion, the JI leader said that at one hand the PPP leaders talk about holding local bodies elections, while on the other dialogues are held to further delay the polls. It seems that the PPP government is mulling to further postpone the polls after all the melodrama, he said.

He added that it was quite illogical for political parties to discuss unconstitutional steps i.e further postponement of local government elections despite court orders and constitutional provisions against the delay.

The JI leader strongly lambasted Governor Sindh Kamran Tessori for his failure to deliver what he had claimed to do. He added that unfortunately conspiracies against Karachi and Karachiites increased with the fresh induction of Tessori in the political arena.

He explained that the JI doesn’t believes in politics of hatred and targeting individuals so the party didn’t oppose Tessori but those who installed him will have to answer for his performance.

Initially, the governor talked positively about the issues but as of now he didn’t delivered on the issues he promised, instead the governor took a different line of action and the Governor House became the hub of conspiracies to seed ethenic divisions and artificial rebirth of some dead political horses, he said.

Engr Naeemur Rehman said as the situation evolved, the mystery around the appointment of Tessori thickened as he was facing criminal charges not only in Pakistan but abroad as well.

The appointment on the behest of the PDM or the MQM was a big question mark on the process of his appointment itself. He asked the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf to explain why Tessori was appointed as the governor and on which grounds.