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Altaf says he has no confidence in ECP

Published Mar 24, 2013 02:06am


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MQM Chief Altaf Hussain.— File Photo

KARACHI: Expressing no confidence in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain said on Saturday the delimitation of 11 constituencies in Karachi was a “conspiracy to divide the vote bank” of his party.

According to an MQM statement, Mr Hussain declared that workers and supporters of his party would not allow the conspiracy to succeed.

Mr Hussain was talking to members of his party’s coordination committee by phone from London.

He accused the ECP of taking discriminatory action against the people of Karachi. “People are forced to question the neutrality and impartiality of the ECP as it is taking illegal and unconstitutional steps,” the statement quoted Mr Hussain as saying.

Referring to the East Pakistan debacle, he said no lesson was learnt from the past and that was the reason why the country “was moving towards disintegration”.

He warned that if “unfair policies are not changed by taking lesson from the past, it will be highly detrimental to the country”.

Mr Hussain directed members of the MQM’s coordination committee to inform people about “conspiracies being hatched against the party”.

He said the MQM had democratic right to protest against bids to steal its mandate.

The MQM chief said coming days could be difficult and hence people should remain united to face the situation.

The ECP on Friday notified the delimitation of three National Assembly and eight Sindh Assembly constituencies. Two of the three NA seats and seven of the eight provincial assembly seats were won by the MQM in the 2008 general elections.


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Comments (14) Closed

Mustafa Mar 24, 2013 03:50am
ECP is working on Karachi's delimitation process as per the directions of Supreme Court. By creating hurdles in implementation of Supreme Court's decision Altaf is committing contempt of court, once again.
AJKhan Mar 24, 2013 03:56am
As usual a leadership in self imposed exile criticizing every institution, leading an ethnic party from behind, never from the front.
Ahsin Mar 24, 2013 04:09am
You have got no right to say any thing!!!!!! Step in PAKISTAN and then claim your rights!!!!! Your position is just like Tahir-ul-Qadri!!!
Azhar Hussain Mar 24, 2013 04:50am
Why is the media paying attention to the person who is a foreign nation?
KhanChangezKhan Mar 24, 2013 07:37am
This is not the time for EC to take any step against any party when the election is on the head. This might be taken after the election with the consultations of all stack holder parties. However, my advise to MQM that in any circumstances they must have to take part in the forthcoming election of 2014. This is the conspiracy made by the PPP, PML(N) and some other parties having a favor by EC to disturb and keep MQM on side line as a result MQM might declare boycott of the election 2014. Also Altaf Hussain must come back to Pakistan to give a strong iron support to his party. If Gen. (Rtd) Parvez Musharraf can come to Pakistan who knows that he might be in danger because he has enemity with so many religious and national parties, especially PML (N) as well as Justice Iftekhar Chawdhury (CJP) then why not Altaf Hussain can come to Pakistan. If he loves the country, and trust on ALLAH who only has the right to keep alive and put into death in a time frame that he has given to every living things. Altaf Hussain should alive or die in the land of country and not in a foreign country.
Prof L. H. Zaidi Mar 24, 2013 09:19am
The people those sacrificed everything means every thing for the creation of Pakistan have no rights and say in Pakistan. Pakistan was created by blood and votes of Bengalis and Muslims of India. What they have done to East Pakistan and now the remaining creators of Pakistan are persecuted every possible way. At the point of separation, how true some Bengalis leader speaking about migrants from India "We are now leaving, sadly you are the next punching bag", also how true it is"MANZIL UN-HAY- MILLE- JO SHARREK-E-SAFAR NA THEY". In simple English, the people found destination, who were not even participants of the journey"
Khawar Khyam Mar 24, 2013 12:33pm
If I cannot get went what I want then this whole Election Commission of Pakistan is biased. Really?.
Xulf Mar 24, 2013 04:38pm
If Altaf Bhai is against the ECP, they have to be right!! Its as simple as that...
Akil Akhtar Mar 24, 2013 10:53pm
Please point out the persecution with proof instead of blackmailing Pakistan. Everyone knows how non Mohajirs are being treated in karachi.
RSS Mar 25, 2013 12:43am
He is their man.
GuessWhat Mar 25, 2013 12:43am
He controls it...
Jk An Mar 25, 2013 12:46am
Big difference. Dr. Qadri did comes here...
Jannz Mar 25, 2013 12:48am
Using them. Using people without taking any personal risk,
LOL Mar 25, 2013 07:54am
He is media sponsored.