Elections in Karachi: APC members call for army supervision

The All Parties Conference was called by the Sindh interim govt.


Web Desk April 30, 2013
Pakistan army personnel. PHOTO: PPI/FILE

KARACHI: Members of 17 political parties demanded that elections in Karachi should be held under army’s supervision, Express News reported on Tuesday.

The demand was made during a session of All Parties Conference (APC).

The APC was called by the interim Sindh government in response to the growing pre-poll terror attacks in the city.

Election offices and members of left-wing parties particularly Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Awami National Party (ANP) have been regularly targeted by criminal elements.

Earlier on April 30, former Sindh coalition partners stood together in a rare show of unity at the Karachi press club. Their joint message was that, despite repeated attacks, they were firm in their desire to contest the elections, which they demanded must be held on time.

The leaders appealed to the United Nations and international human rights organisations to see how liberal parties were being attacked, and how only those parties who had ‘soft corners’ for the religious extremists were being allowed to campaign.

They called for a free and transparent election and said that parties should have right to campaign in secure environment.

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COMMENTS (12)

Horan | 8 years ago | Reply

Is not surprising, the parties which enjoyed the government during last 10 years, crying that it is freely doing its election campaign and people of karachi not seen even one street, which doesn't has its flags.

Asif | 8 years ago | Reply

@Pakistani

All other parties were asking to deploy army from today till election day. MQM/ANP/PPP opposed it and said that army should be only deployed on polling stations and only on election day. It's quite surprising that if you want safety of your party members and want to do campaigning, then why would you be against extra protection in the form of Army. But we all know the answer to that, don't we?

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