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MQM's Subzwari criticises Karachi delimitation

March 23, 2013

MQM leader Faisal Subzwari. — File photo

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Faisal Subzwari on Saturday said boundaries of several constituencies in Karachi were redrawn overnight, adding that the measure should be implemented countrywide and not simply centric to one city, DawnNews reported.

Subwari’s statement comes in the wake of the Election Commission of Pakistan’s move for the delimitation of three constituencies of National Assembly and eight constituencies of Sindh Assembly in Karachi. The city has 20 National Assembly and 42 provincial assembly seats.

Subzwari said MQM had always welcomed every legitimate call made by the election commission, adding that his party would approach the courts when it is time to do so.

Alleging that the recent move had political incentives, he said the election commission should not be turned into a wrestling ground for political parties.

Earlier on Friday, MQM chief Altaf Hussain termed the delimitation of 11 constituencies a violation of law and the constitution and said his party would challenge the ECP’s move in the superior judiciary.

Hussain also called upon Chief Election Commissioner, Justice (retd) Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim, to withdraw the notification.