Free polls must for Karachi peace: Huda

Karachi: Jamaat-e-Islami JI Sind chapter amir Dr Merajul Huda Siddiqui has said that free and fair polls are a must for bringing sustainable peace in Karachi, as growing lawlessness in the city is gravely harming the national economy.

Addressing a meeting of Shura of his party at the Quba Auditorium, he said the rulers during their five-year tenure have just given Karachi a bloodbath. He said not only traders but citizens also have started migrating to other cities and towns due to perpetual lawlessness. He said every day innocent people are being killed in Karachi. He said only free and fair polls could save the city, as through them people could elect an honest and capable leadership which could convert Karachi once against into a city of lights.

Huda said the peace of Karachi should be the first priority as without purging this city of extortionists and killers the dream to make Pakistan an Islamic democratic and welfare state could not be materialized. He regretted that the Election Commission of Pakistan was being held hostage by the ruling political parties. He said an independent and autonomous Election Commission of Pakistan is the prerequisite of free and fair elections. He said the flawed voters lists are not being corrected under the supervision of army, which he termed the first step of rigging. He said the opposition parties staged a train march from Karachi to Rawalpindi to demand correction of voter lists, but the vested interests sabotaged this drive through terrorism in Abbas Town, so that those who had held hostage the people of Karachi could not be unveiled. He demanded telling the nation who were actually behind the Abbas Town bomb blast by carrying out a fair probe. He also demanded arrest of the culprits and giving them exemplary punishment.

On the occasion the political and party affairs of Sind province were also discussed threadbare and many important decisions taken.

The meeting condemned the Badami Bagh Lahore tragedy and also passed resolutions on Bangladesh situation.