KARACHI: Giving a week-long ultimatum to the PPP-led Sindh government to meet all its conditions the ruling party had agreed to last year, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan on Sunday announced that it would stage a sit-in at Fawara Chowk for an indefinite period if its demands were not met.

Addressing a workers’ convention and Kashmir Day Conference at a park close to the party’s temporary headquarter in Bahadurabad, MQM-P convenor Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said it’s time to take a “decisive action”.

“You [PPP government] had agreed about a massive flaw [in delimitation] and that there should be at least 53 union committees more in Karachi,” he said. “Now it’s time to fix all flaws. We give the Sindh government one week and then we would move to Fawara Chowk.”

He continued: “We will stage a sit-in [after one week] and it will end only when we get our due right. So I ask all to get ready for this decisive move for the rights of this city.”

He also vowed to win back all the seats of the National Assembly in Karachi, where by-elections were going to be held in March.

He also demanded that the Jan 15 local government elections be declared null and void, as such an exercise should have held on the basis of a fair census and just delimitation.

MQM-P leaders Syed Mustafa Kamal, Farooq Sattar, Anis Kaimkhani and others also spoke.

Published in Dawn, February 6th, 2023

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