CEC, COAS will be responsible if untoward incident happens: JI

May 9, 2013 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Jamaat-e-Islami JI has reiterated its demand for army deployment at all polling stations of the city.

Former City Nazim and JI candidate for NA250 Naimatullah Khan addressing a press conference at Idara-e-Noor Haq on Thursday warned that if army personnel are not be deployed at polling stations, then Chief Election Commissioner CEC and Chief of Army Staff COAS would be responsible for any untoward circumstances on May 11.

JI Karachi Chief Muhammad Hussain Mehanti, JI Sindh Chief Dr Mairajul Huda Siddiqui, JI Karachi General Secretary Naseem Siddiqui, Barjees Ahmed, Raja Arif Sultan, Zahid Askari and Sarfaraz Ahmed were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Naimatullah Khan said that despite demand made by JI and other 17 parties several times for army deployment at all polling stations on May 11, the ECP and caretaker government had not taken any step in this regard. He feared the law and order situation would deteriorate further after the elections, if the demand of army deployment on Election Day is not met.

Khan regretted over the attitude of CEC and said that it seemed that Election Commission and its officials concerned are not aware by the sensitivity of the city. The JI leaders demanded of the Chief of Army Staff to take notice of the prevailing law and order situation in the city.

Dr Mairaj warned that the JI and other parties would not tolerate rigging on Election Day at any cost and would resist the terrorists by initiating “public movement”. He hailed the performance of two private TV channels which had reported the news about the attack on JI election office in North Nazimabad and Malir areas.“We will present the gift of peace to the people of the city on May 11”, Huda added.

On the occasion, Mehanti questioned COAS when army will take notice of target killings and bloodshed in Karachi. JI Karachi Chief informed the media that CEC had written a letter to COAS regarding the deployment of army in Karachi on Election Day while the District South had already demanded army deployment at all polling stations of the District.

Mehanti said on one hand the violation of ECP Code of Conduct is being continued while, on the other hand, the employees of City Government and Water Board affiliated with MQM are being appointed as election staff.

“It feels that the nexus has been created between ECP and MQM, as free hand is being provided to the workers of MQM”, Mehanti alleged.