KARACHI: Jamaat-e-Islami and PTI leaders have decided to resist further delay in the local bodies polls in Karachi and Hyderabad.
On Thursday night, Sindh government postponed the LG elections in Sindh saying its ally _ MQM-P has reservations against delimitation in different constituencies in Karachi and Hyderabad.
The Election Commission of Pakistan has fixed Jan 15, 2023, date to hold local bodies polls in Karachi and Hyderabad.
On Friday, JI and PTI leaders said that they would not tolerate delay in the LG polls.
JI Karachi president Hafiz Naeem-Ur-Rehman said, “Jamaat-e-Islami wouldn’t endorse the postponement of the LG elections.
He said that the Sindh government’s decision is a joint ambush of PPP and MQM-P on Karachi and Hyderabad.
Earlier, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon disclosed early Friday morning that the government has postponed the LG polls.
Addressing a press conference, Sharjeel Memon said the provincial government postponed the LB polls after MQM-P has rejected delimitation of the constituencies in Karachi.
He said, “MQM-P are our allies in the federal government and we take their concerns seriously.”
Meanwhile, last week the Election Commission of Pakistan issued a statement about holding the LBs polls in Karachi and Hyderabad on Jan 15, 2023.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior requested Pakistan Army to deployed 20,000 soldiers outside the most sensitive polling stations.
However, a couple of days ago, Pakistan Army refused the deployment of soldiers during the local bodies elections in Karachi and Hyderabad.
The Ministry of Interior sought the deployment of army during LBs polls in both the cities in Sindh on Jan 15. However, Sindh government has postponed the LBs polls.
In its letter to the GHQ, the ministry sought deployment of 20,000 soldiers outside the polling stations which were identified as sensitive stations during the Sindh LG polls.