Malik assures free, fair polls in Karachi

Karachi: Caretaker Interior Minister Malik Habib Khan here Wednesday assured Jamaat-e-Islami JI of fair and free polls in Karachi and other parts of the country.

He was talking to a 6member delegation of JI led by Muhammad Hussain Mehanti that called on him Wednesday.

Other members of the delegation were Asadullah Bhutto, Naseem Siddiqui, Raja Arif Sultan, Zahid Askari and Yunus Barai.

Matters pertaining to law and order situation of Karachi, holding of transparent elections and peaceful election campaigns were discussed in the meeting.

Mehanti complained that the law enforcing agencies have failed to restore peace in Karachi. He said bomb blasts and strikes are continued just ahead of general elections. “Karachi is the economic hub of the country and its deteriorated law and order situation will certainly put a bad impression on the election process.”

He apprised the caretaker Interior Minister that the election office of JI had been torched in Karachi, adding some miscreants had also removed the party flags and banners in different areas of the city. He said however the JI leadership did not give any strike call

He criticized MQM, ANP and People’s Amn Committee, and feared that Karachi cites will face target killings, terrorism and extortion if the election is once again hijacked by ‘thapa mafia’. He demanded that army personnel should be deployed at all polling stations of Karachi.

Interior Minister assured the JI delegation for his full support for holding transparent and fair elections in peaceful manner.

Separately, JI Sindh chapter amir and candidate for NA245 Dr Mairajul Huda Siddiqui have said that the JI leadership will not allow anyone to sabotage the general elections through terrorist activities.

Addressing a public gathering in connection with election campaign in North Nazimabad, Union Council No.2, he said that the all records of terrorism, corruption and lawlessness were broken during the last 5 years. He said people are fully aware of the corrupt politicians and want a change with their power of vote.

Expressing deep concerns on law and order situation, JI leader demanded to declare the entire city ‘sensitive’ and summon army for holding polls in transparent and fair manner.