JI demands army at all polling stationsMay 6, 2013
KARACHI: Jamaat-e-Islami JI Karachi Chief Muhammad Hussain Mehanti has reiterated his party demand to deploy army personnel at all polling stations of the city on elections day.
He made this demand while addressing a press conference at Idara-e-Noor Haq after the meeting of 10party alliance here on Monday. Apprising the details of 10party alliance meeting, Mehanti said that the law and order situation and other issues related to upcoming general elections were discussed in the meeting.
On the occasion, JI Karachi Chief further demanded of the Election Commission of Pakistan ECP, Chief of Army Staff COAS, and caretaker government to ensure safety to the live and property of the people on the day of elections.
“Despite the demand to call army personnel at all polling stations in the city made by the 17 parties in All Parties’ Conference APC, the caretaker government has not yet taken any step in this regard”, Mehanti maintained. “If transparent elections are held, then the 10party alliance will get success from entire Sindh province, particularly in Karachi”, Mehanti added.
Later, he regretted over the performance of Chief Election Commissioner CEC, Fakhruddin G Ibrahim, and said he does not play his due role in holding transparent and fair elections. Endorsing the demand made by JI leader, Saleem Zia of PMLN said that the transparent elections could not he held without the presence of army personnel at all polling stations of the city.
Zia said that the CEC should be responsible of any untoward incident reported on the day of elections. Shah Owais Noorani of JUP, Matloob Awan of Sunni Tehreek, Yasir Sayeen of PMLF, Muhammad Ghayyas of JUIF, Raheem Baloch of STPP also spoke on the occasion.