PTI, MQM agree on peaceful campaigningMarch 31, 2015
Karachi: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leaders have agreed to continue a peaceful election campaign, after meeting with Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul-Ibad at the Governor House, here Wednesday.
Delegations of both rival parties gathered to meet with Governor Sindh after a violence incident on Tuesday when PTI was campaigning for NA-246 Local Government Election in Jinnah Ground area, near MQM Headquarters Nine Zero.
Governor Sindh insisted both parties to carry on campaigning as per the Election Commission’s code of ethics.
The meeting was attended by PTI leaders Arif Alvi, Firdous Shamim and Imran Ismail whereas from MQM side Kanwar Naveed Jameel and Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui were present. Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Additional IGP Ghulam Qadir Thebo, including DIG West were present at the meeting.
Dr Ibad said Quaid-e-Tehreek Altaf Hussain has shown grief over the sad incident and clearly said that PTI could carry out campaigning rallies everywhere in city including Jinnah Ground area.
He assured that the local government election will be held according to code of ethics issued by election commission of Pakistan.
It was decided that both parties will not raise slogans against the leaders of opponent parties.
However, later in evening the PTI and MQM were seen in aggressive mood in Kareemabad when the PTI decided to open their election office in the area.
A large number of MQM and PTI supporters gathered there and raised slogans. However, PTI candidate Imran Ismail and other leaders were also present.