DELIMITATION of constituencies in Sindh is illogical without a census under the constitution. The influx of people in Karachi from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Punjab is fast changing the demographic structure. Such change has already destroyed the peace of Balochistan where rampant killing other than the Baloch population is going on.

It is an alarming situation. This demographic change is not going to change the economic prowess of Karachi which can provide bread and butter, jobs, shelter education and health facilities to around 700,000 people coming to Karachi every year in spite of its already brimming population of around 20 million.

In spite of the hazardous and dangerous situations Karachi refuses to surrender.

The actual problem of Karachi and the smaller provinces is political, all problems will be solved if a CNIC-holder casts his vote for the provincial assembly or the local bodies seat in the province where his NIC was issued through the postal ballot, he should not be allowed to interfere with the other provincial elections, as for the NA seats election the present system is fair enough. Our Oxford-and Edinburgh-educated senator and a prospective caretaker prime minister Mehmood Achakzai has asked for provincial seats for the 600,000 KP people in Karachi. If he is a genius, he should immediately take up the case with the UN for ministries and seats in Middle East countries for the 1.2 million KP people working there, exactly like the right of vote which Pakistani expatriates enjoy in the UK and the US.

MAJ (r) M. ANWAR ALAM Karachi

Electoral reforms

THIS is apropos of the letter ‘Intrusion of Qadri phobia in Pakistan’ (Feb 8) by Mohammad Ashraf.

As a Canadian-Pakistani myself, I feel bad that another Canadian-Pakistani, Dr Tahirul Qadri, should go all the way to Pakistan and try to disrupt a democratic process there by demanding the reconstitution of the very Election Commission of Pakistan itself.

If reforms are a perpetual feature of the democratic process in North America, why it should be any different in Pakistan?

Let Dr Qadri, as a real democrat, help in the first-ever transfer of political power, at both federal and provincial levels, in a peaceful manner.

Pakistanis will be grateful to him for this.


A ray of hope

THERE is hope that the nature of power politics would change in the country. A political party will soon be completing their five-year-long tenure.

A peaceful political transfer of power to the next elected government will take place. However, the democratic government has failed to resolve the issue of the marginalised people of Balochistan. People continue to suffer from brutalities of the Frontier Corps.

The killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti gave impetus to the Baloch national movement along with deteriorating law and order situation in the volatile province.

The government is expected to conduct free, fair and transparent elections. Let the nationalists of Balochistan be given a chance to participate in the coming elections so that the dissident Baloch are brought to the table.

This will prove to be a significant development and may help in stabilising Balochistan.


Updated Feb 23, 2013 02:18am

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Comments (2) (Closed)

Husain Jan
Feb 23, 2013 04:42am
Free, fair and transparent elections has always, repeat always, been the slogan at the time of every previous election in our country. However, in actuality the situation was quite on the reverse side. Money and street power was the deciding factor more than any thing else. Manipulation and rigging issues remained unresolved and had to be forgotten when new assemblies started to function. Yes, there is a ray of hope for sure that this time around it can be a bit different, but the present rulers, their allies and even those who are in opposition - all of them - have united in a bid to foil attempts being made by the EC to disqualify cheats and corrupt from standing in upcoming elections. This attitude of theirs also goes a long way in confirming how serious they were in their claims of free elections in the past.
farideh zivary
Feb 24, 2013 03:14am
Major Sahib people moving to Karachi are Pakistanis moving to a pakistani city.You would not like our mohajar brothers vote in Indian elections.Would you?