‘PPP leadership to mull over giving city mayor’s slot to JI’

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Sindh Labour Minister and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Saeed Ghani has asserted that his party leadership will mull over giving Karachi Mayor’s slot to Jamat-e-Islami (JI) or not.  Speaking to media, the Sindh provincial minister noted that PPP will start consultations with other political parties after the announcement of the complete LG polls’ results.

He said that the LG polls in the remaining UCs will take more time, however, mayor will be elected before the next phase of elections. After PPP got majority in the Karachi LG polls, Ghani said that PPP’s top leadership will decide on whether give Karachi mayorship to JI or not.Regarding the complaints, Ghani said that JI and all other political parties have a right to protest if there are some mistakes in the compilation of results of the LG polls, however, the right forum for the redressal of their issues is the election commission.

In response to a question, Saeed Ghani noted that as per the law, a House Member would become a mayor.It is pertinent to mention here that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) released the complete results of all 235 union councils (UCs) in Karachi Division after the local government (LG) polls.The latest party position released by the ECP showed Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) with the highest number of seats with 93 in the Karachi Division after the LG polls.

The PPP is followed by 86 seats won by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) in Karachi LG polls, PTI in the third position with 40 seats, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) with 7 seats, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) with 3, independent candidates with 3 seats and Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) with 2 seat.Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi chief Hafiz Naeemur Rehman expressed dissatisfaction on the LG polls’ results released by the ECP. He said that he summoned a meeting and they will approach the EC Sindh today.He said that JI won the highest number of seats in accordance with Form 11 but the final results showed a reduction of eight seats of the political party.

Hafiz Naeem said that JI won overall 94 seats in accordance with Form 11.Regarding the talks for Karachi mayorship, Hafiz Naeem said that JI will not initiate talks with any political party until its number of seats is not corrected. He added that they defeated PTI in the recent LG polls and PTI accepted the JI’s mandate. Naeem added that JI will definitely hold talks with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.