ECP asks Arshad Vohra to submit response on MQM-P de-seating request

Published: December 14, 2017

Election Commission Pakistan (ECP) has asked deputy mayor of Karachi Arshad Vohra to submit official response regarding Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s (MQM-P) request of deseating Vohra.

Under the leadership of ECP chief Sardar Raza, a five-member bench was formed to hear the deseating case. During the hearing, MQM-P leader Farooq Sattar and Vohra were present.

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Chief ECP asked for proof of show-case notice for Vohra, to which Sattar replied that under Sindh Local Government Act, a show-cause notice is not imperative. ECP decided to adjourn the request until December 26 after summoning details from Vohra.

Addressing the media outside ECP, Sattar said, “Arshad Vohra was sworn in as deputy mayor of Karachi on MQM-P’s ticket, after which he joined Pakistan Sarzameen Party (PSP), and he has shown no political loyalty to MQM-P.”

“We have filed a request in ECP based on Local Government Act 2013, Section 36 to deseat Arshad Vohra. Our stance is that seat of chairman of Union Council should be vacant,” Sattar said.

ECP is required to hear both sides of the petition, “today’s hearing was adjourned because Vohra’s council did not have a copy of the petition filed.”

MQM-P has officially filed reference in ECP for deseating 11 members who switched their allegiance to PSP. Reference has been filed against member of National Assembly (NA) Asif Hussain and Salman Baloch, member of Sindh Assembly Aram Azeem Farooqi, Sheikh Abdullah, Khalideen Wilayat, Abdul Razzaq, Irtiza Khaleel, Nadeem Razi, Arif Maseeh and Bilquis Mukhtiar.

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Reference states that aforementioned people were nominated on MQM-P’s ticket for their respective positions, and after exiting the party, they are no longer eligible to continue under MQM-P’s name, therefore their membership should be suspended.

After establishment of PSP, multiple members of MQM-P holding office switched allegiance to PSP.

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