Karachi—Muttahida Qaumi Movement candidates on Thursday left far behind their opponents and clinched the two bye-elections held on NA-245 and PS-115with thumping majority, says unofficial results.
MQM candidate for NA-245 Mohammad Kamal Mallick emerged winner in the bye-election securing 38,638 votes while PPP’s Shahid Hussain managed to secure around 3,000 votes. MQM’s Faisal Rafique claimed the seat (PS-15) by securing 11,747 votes, while his rival from the Muhajir Qaumi Movement (MQM-H) bagged 1074 votes.
Total number of voters registered in the constituency were 1,62,614 and 83 polling stations were set up in the constituency for the by-election. Polling began at 8:00 a.m and continued without any interval till 5:00 p.m with reports of clashes between Muttahida Qaumi Movement and the Muhajir Qaumi Movement-H.
Hours before the polling began, Pakistan Tehree-e-Insaf candidate for NA-245 Amjadullah Khan announced to join MQM, withdrawing in favour of party’s candidate Kamal Mallick. The national and provincial assembly seats (NA-245 and PS-115) had fallen vacant after MQM’s Rehan Hashmi and Arshad Vohra tendered resignations.
Heavy contingents of police and Rangers were deployed outside polling stations to ensure foolproof security. Thirty-seven polling stations were declared highly sensitive while 124 were declared sensitive. DG Rangers Bilal Akbar visited a polling station in Lines Area. He inspected polling arrangements and met with the troops deployed at the polling station.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf NA-245 candidate Amjadullah Khan who had stepped down in favour of MQM hours before polling began, responding to allegations, said, “I have joined the MQM of my own will. I have not been bribed. The PPP should refrain from childish politics,” he said. He refuted Pakistan People’s Party claim that he had withdrawn for financial incentive. He said he owned a profitable industry and was financially well off. “I and my family are well-fed. I don’t have to change loyalties for money,” he said.
He said that he had joined the PTI because he was impressed by Imran Khan. But was disappointed by the PTI Karachi leadership, and so had left the party. “Even though I was running the campaign for NA-245 Imran Khan did not call or contact me even once.”
He added that last night workers from the PTI came to his house and took statements from his family under duress. “Please do not believe any of those statements,” he said. He said that the PTI chairman Imran Niazi always threatens all for ousting them from the PTI but equally states that he would keep only one person with him in the party. Imran Niazi should look deep inside his party to learn as who is damaging the PTI.
He said, “I am absolutely disappointed with the policies of the PTI and attitude of Imran Niazi.” “I had many offers from different political parties but he chose the MQM to work with.” The PTI dissenter Amjadullah Khan while respond-ing to a question said that all the allegations for minting money for changing his party are fake and baseless. As far as the allegations leveled against him by the Pakistan People’s Party leaders for tak-ing money from the MQM, they (PPP) should be ashamed of their baseless allegations as he also had enough money.