MQM files memorandum in UN over Karachi delimitation

Published: March 30, 2013
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MQM US wing filed the petition.

MQM US wing filed the petition.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) US wing on Saturday presented a memorandum in the United Nations (UN) against delimitations in Karachi.

According to a statement from the party, the memorandum has been filed by MQM central organiser in the United States Junaid Fahmi.

The memorandum lists MQM’s apprehensions over the recent delimitations in Karachi announced by the Election Commission. It added that the delimitations was a conspiracy to usurp the mandate of the people and that illegal and extra-constitutional means were being used to suppress the MQM.

The memorandum urged the international community to use its influence for holding of free and fair elections in Pakistan.

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  • salim
    Mar 30, 2013 - 9:45PM

    Well done, MQM. Difficult to get justice here!

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  • Mehran
    Mar 30, 2013 - 10:47PM

    They have gone to challenge Judicial decision and our state organs in UN. What a patriotism!

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  • PTIMardan
    Mar 30, 2013 - 10:54PM

    Wont the UN find it difficult to understand how come a British national is heading a political party in Pakistan?

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  • Naveen
    Mar 30, 2013 - 10:56PM

    @salim:
    what you think of the intention of ECP.I think Karachi will remain a stronghold of immigrant community. You guys have always condemned the religious extremism and there is price to be paid for that in a intolerant society.

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  • Raham Dil
    Mar 30, 2013 - 11:02PM

    Does this amount to treason?

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  • Abdullah khan
    Mar 30, 2013 - 11:08PM

    In pashto we used a proverb”Chi kom Zai dai na gareegi hagha Har za ma garwa”mean where there is no rash don’t rub it every where” MQM always internationalize nationals issue. Make non issue an issue. One man one vote also mean proportional representation. Than the karachi people should be allow to Vote to parties not to person than it will be clear how many men vote to Mqm

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  • Naveen
    Mar 30, 2013 - 11:17PM

    @PTIMardan:
    i had great hopes from imran but i could not understand the seat arrangements with parties like JI.PTI would have won majority on its own as the pakistani yuths see a ray of hope in PTI but now i feel imran is set to loose his ground to PMLN which will lead to a waste of historic opportunity as PML takes ordres from RIYADH.Best wishes to imran from BHARAT

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  • Parvez
    Mar 30, 2013 - 11:23PM

    Sometimes you have to play the game by someone elses rules………….that’s the nature of the game.

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  • Welltro
    Mar 31, 2013 - 1:19AM

    @Naveen @PTIMardan It’s sad for me. The MQM in its current Muttahida form really has a good grassroots approach, they believe in merit and education rather than family ties or acreage and don’t suppress women but rather see them as equals in work and family. They are also left leaning religiously and prefer to keep religion a sacred but personal matter. I probably agree more with their manifesto than I do with Kaptaans.
    Still, I would vote for PTI this time because I don’t agree with the ‘darker’ side of the MQMs approach to politics and believe that it destroys all their goodaspects. I really hope Kaptaan delivers, if elected.

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  • Shazia Islam
    Mar 31, 2013 - 1:43AM

    The law in Pakistan states No delimitations with out census but when it comes to Karachi nobody obeys law and to crush mohajir domination such acts becomes lawful
    when the people running the shows bent on pushing a community to wall with such acts reply will be like this as well.
    Oh forget to mention Mohajirs are also included in UN list of Ethnic Minorities facing State oppression and racism. Better stop such steps or UN would intervene like East Timor

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  • Aslam Siddiqui
    Mar 31, 2013 - 2:40AM

    If Benazir’s murder investigation can be done by UN then why ithis is such a big deal. Why quota system, domicile problem and delimitation of constituencies are limited to Sind/Karachi.

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  • SHB
    Mar 31, 2013 - 3:14AM

    MQM has the lowest IQ as far as their leadership is concerned.In USA this kind of delimitation is done every few yrs. Recently this yr it was done in Cleveland Ohio .Political parties in Cleveland did not go to UN office in New York.
    Shame on MQM and on their leadership who made this decision.Recommend

  • Something Clever
    Mar 31, 2013 - 4:47AM

    @PTIMardan:
    It’s Pakistan. No.
    It’s not like the nationality aspects are new.

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  • Khawar
    Mar 31, 2013 - 5:57AM

    Their leader should go to 10 Downing street to get justice.

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  • Sohaib
    Mar 31, 2013 - 6:14AM

    Treason for sure!Recommend

  • Mubashir
    Mar 31, 2013 - 6:33AM

    @Naveen:
    It’s a little early in the day to be disheartened. He is still going to win on his own. People of Pakistan are sick and tired of treachery and deceit by the old faces. He didn’t award tickets to Former Foreign Minister and even his own Cousin;whom he calls brother! Just wait and see.. It is time for change.

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  • Karachiwala
    Mar 31, 2013 - 8:19AM

    ofcourse, when you have courts ordering bias orders, ecp is only following JI mantra.. bulldozing all the rules of the game, set up in constitution.. this is the only choice Left.
    I wonder who see a treason here, why were they didnt see treason in having UN investigate BB case?
    if that is treason, then let it be… why do we care…did you even care for about balochistan?
    let it be Treason, i have no worries.. even MQM has to go in the first place when they re-counted the voter.. they should have stopped that… as no body bothers to check any place else…Its always ONLY Karach- where JI fails-where pmln fails, where ppp fails..where every body fails..
    and MUST fail..because they have never done a single thing for the Place.
    They never owned it.. only Looted it.
    good way to go-bravo MQM- especially all the praises for moving it silently…good work.

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  • riz
    Mar 31, 2013 - 8:23AM

    who will go in UN to tell how the caretaker setup is brought in sindh?

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  • KH
    Mar 31, 2013 - 8:42AM

    @Naveen:
    Being a Pakistani living in karachi I am very upset with what MQM has done, and can show my anger more using text.

    But lets please stop using immigrants and words which will insite hatred.I am a Pakistani, and for me Pakistan comes first then the language I speak.
    I have love for all my brothers be it Punjabi, Pathan, Sindhi, Balochi and all. And I hope we can unite under one religoin.

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    Apni millat ka qiyas aqwam-e-maghrib sai na kar khaas hai tarteeb main qaum-e-rasool-e-hashmi,
    Un ki jamiat ka hai mulk or nasab par inhesar quwaat-e-mazhab sai mustehkam hai jamiat teri

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  • Raham Dil
    Mar 31, 2013 - 8:55AM

    A massive operation is called for anti-state forces.

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  • Falcon
    Mar 31, 2013 - 9:25AM

    @Naveen:
    @Welltro PTI-JI alliance is not happening as per recent news.

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  • DevilHunterX
    Mar 31, 2013 - 9:30AM

    @Shazia Islam:
    Majority? You mean like 600 Mohajirs living in 1 address?

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  • Mar 31, 2013 - 9:56AM

    Delimitation of constituencies act 1974 section 10 says about the quota( population)
    Quota per seat in respect of each Province/Area/Agency in the National Assembly has
    been determined as under:
    Province/Area/Agency Population No. of Seats Quota per seat
    1 2 3 4
    N.W.F.P 17,735,912 35 17,735,912 ÷ 35 = 506,740
    F.A.T.As 3,176,331 12 3,176,331 ÷ 12 = 264,694
    Federal Capital 805,235 2 805,235 ÷ 2 = 402,618
    Punjab 73,621,290 148 73,621,290 ÷ 148 = 496,441
    Sindh 30,439,893 61 3,043,9893 ÷ 61 = 499,015
    Balochistan 6,565,885 14 6,565,885 ÷ 14 = 468,992

    For the purpose of delimiting constituencies, the Commission may receive and consider

    representations, hold inquiries, summon witnesses and record evidence, and shall prepare and
    publish in the official Gazette a preliminary report and list of constituencies specifying the areas proposed to be included in each constituency. Under sub-section (2) of Section 10 of the Act, any person entitled to vote at an election to the National Assembly or a Provincial Assembly may, within fifteen days of the publication of the report, make a representation to the Commission in respect of the delimitation of constituencies published under sub-section (1) of Section 10 thereof. Under sub-section (3) of Section 10 ibid, the Commission shall, after hearing and considering the representations, if any, received by it, make such amendments, alterations or modifications, in the preliminary list published under sub-section (1) as it thinks fit or necessary, and shall publish in the official Gazette the final report and list of constituencies showing the areas included in each constituency.
    conclusion can be deduced using own common sense. based on the legislation.

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  • liaqat ali
    Mar 31, 2013 - 11:20AM

    1- It is still one man one vote;MQM should abondone its ethnic approach and work for all people equally.Then they wont be worreid about delimitation.
    2- They were praising ECP until this happened.They need to be fair.

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  • Mar 31, 2013 - 12:12PM

    What is the nitty gritty of delimitation, the geographic rules, common sense and logic, I don’t know, and I don’t want to know. However, this memorandum of appeal is in bad taste. Salams

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  • Reas
    Mar 31, 2013 - 3:41PM

    @Mehran:
    UN is equally Pakistan. We contribute to UN and recognize thier interference.

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  • Reas
    Mar 31, 2013 - 3:49PM

    @Abdullah khan: It is not a non issue. All anchors and analysts appear on Pakistan TV channels agree that MQM grumbling is justified. You remember Justice Fakhruddin, the Chief Election Commissioner himself admitted that he was against delimitation in Karachi.

    Now the limitations after the electoral process has already started the delimitation will involve practical complications.

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  • Reas
    Mar 31, 2013 - 3:51PM

    @Naveen: Dont expect too much Naveen. Else, disappointment, god forbid, will be painfull.

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  • Reas
    Mar 31, 2013 - 3:53PM

    @SHB: I am sorry to say that you dont understand the real issue. Zulm is zulm and should be identified.

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  • IZ
    Mar 31, 2013 - 8:50PM

    How childish…

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  • Saleem
    Apr 1, 2013 - 7:32PM

    Love Pakistan, or Leave it!

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  • reasonlight
    Apr 1, 2013 - 10:00PM

    @IZ: It is quite mature and wise action which provides a via media. The PML N could not resolve the issue of party tickets. Did you read the news “PML N Worker Climbs Electric Pole in protest Against Party Tickets”.They are childish.

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