Poll rigging: Black Day to be observed on Friday

May 15, 2013 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Political and religious parties have decided to observe Black Day on Friday tomorrow against unprecedented rigging in elections 2013 and also to stage sit-in protest at Mazar-e-Quaid.

This decision was taken in an All Parties Conference APC held at Idara-e-Noor Haq here on Wednesday. The meeting was chaired by Jamaat-e-Islami JI Karachi Chief Muhammad Hussain Mehanti. APC demanded re-elections under army supervision in Karachi and Hyderabad.

Qari Usman of JUIF, Usman Yaar Khan of JUP, Mehfooz Yaar Khan of AML, Mustaqeem Noorani of JUP, Maulana Ghayyas, Barjees Ahmed and others also spoke on the occasion. Addressing on the occasion, Mehanti said that the people had desperate regarding rigging on May 11.

“APC demanded fresh polling in the entire city, not only in NA250 under army supervision”, Mehanti demanded. He further demanded of the authorities concerned to carryout proper investigation in connection with polls rigging. Mehanti said that the all parties are united against record rigging in city and believe on joint struggle to compel the Election Commission for re-polling in Karachi and Hyderabad.

Mufti Usman Yaar Khan said that all parties except MQM were not satisfied with the elections’ results and carryon struggle against rigging in polls. JI Naib Ameer Barjees Ahmed said that the mandate of the people had looted in broad day light and the MQM terrorists had hijacked the polling stations by getting the polling agents of other parties out.

Mehfooz Yaar Khan said that AML was with any party which would wants to restore the peace in the city. He said that the record rigging was being witnessed in the elections 2013, but no action has yet to be taken by ECP. Noorani said that the ECP and other authorities concerned did not pay any heed towards the demands made by APC before elections. “ECP had failed for holding transparent elections and backed MQM in rigging on May 11”, he added.