MQM leader Farooq Sattar. — File photo

LAHORE: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Farooq Sattar on Thursday levelled allegations of bias against Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan and demanded that he be removed from his position, DawnNews reported.

Speaking to media representatives at the Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore, the federal minister said that the commission’s secretary wanted to alter the MQM's mandate in Karachi.

Sattar demanded of the ECP to conduct an inquiry into what he called the bias on part of Khan and remove him from the position of the commission’s secretary.

The minister moreover said that the ideologies of the MQM and of Dr Tahirul Qadri were similar, adding that, both wanted to abolish the “outdated feudal system”.

He said Qadri and the MQM may form an alliance in the future due to their shared opposition to the feudal system, however, it was still to be discussed as to how and on what points would the two sides come together.

Sattar added that the MQM had filed a review petition over the issue of delimitation in Karachi, adding that, the party had requested the ECP to not go through with the delimitation until the court decided on the review plea.

The leader further said that all stakeholders would be taken into confidence over the formation of a caretaker set-up.

Updated Dec 27, 2012 10:02am

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Dec 27, 2012 12:37pm
MQM will never ever want a free election in Karachi at least. I lived in Karachi and I know they will shed lot of blood and create lot of fear in people mind even there is a 50% chance of fair election. They know it is their death and offcourse zulm has its end whether it is by Shahi sayed or Altaf hussain. Although I don't think election will bring any change, this system replaces criminals.
M. Asghar
Dec 27, 2012 10:15am
The ECP has a constitutional duty to do its assigned job and must not be deterred by the diversions of MQM or anybody else..
Masood Mehdi
Dec 27, 2012 12:29pm
This is the country of every citizen, for being fair and justice, every political party should be consulted for any change / amendment in any regulation or procedure. It is a democratic government and they should listen the concerns of other parties to adverse the HATE and Violence in the country.
True Democracy
Dec 27, 2012 12:30pm are absolutely right but the constitutional duty of ECP is not limited to Karachi only but the countrywide. On top of that, as per constitution (you are referring to) the delimitation of any constituency in any town/city cannot be done without an official census. I don’t understand why anyone who is in favour of democracy can be so naïve that rather than pointing out the outdated feudal system which exists in 95% of the country, they are so much interested on the issue of delimitation of in Karachi. In those rural areas, the inhabitants are not even allowed to vote freely regardless of the limitation of their constituency. I am not a devotee of MQM but I have a request from the people like you that stop being biased and start thinking rationally…No offence.
Hadi Sakey
Dec 27, 2012 11:54am
One of MQM Jiala or Nominee be appointed Secretary ECP.
Dec 27, 2012 04:34pm
our country politics play politics of money , creating criminal , violence , hate among eachother