MQM stages sit-in at ECP, demands re-polling in entire NA-250

MQM supporters demand fresh polls to be held in NA-250.

Web Desk May 14, 2013
MQM supporters gather in Karachi on May 14, 2013. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD NOMAN/EXPRESS

KARACHI: As recent protests against rigging allegations all across the country gain momentum, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) staged a sit-in in front of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) office in Karachi, Express News reported on Tuesday.

Despite the imposition of Section 144 banning rallies in the city, protesters gathered to demand re-election in the NA-250 constituency of Karachi.

Many women were present at the sit-in, which the MQM announced will continue until their demands have been met.

MQM chief Altaf Hussain in a statement demanded that polls be re-held in entire NA-250, instead of the selective re-polling as directed by the ECP.

The demand was similar to the one that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has been protesting for since Saturday's election.

On Tuesday, PTI supporters resumed their protests calling for re-polling in different constituencies of Karachi, including NA-250.

On the third consecutive day of such protests from the party and supporters, a few hundred people rallied at the Native Jetty bridge to demand fresh polling in NA-239.

Earlier in the day, the Jamaat-e-Islami held another sit-in in front of the Quaid-e-Azam mausoleum on Tuesday, shouting slogans against MQM for allegedly hijacking polls across the city.

The ECP on Tuesday directed returning officers to hold re-elections at 43 polling stations of NA-250 Karachi on May 19.


Citizen | 9 years ago | Reply I have yetbto hear any PTI supporter / leader give a cogent reason for not supporting mqm's call to haveva repolling of the whole constituency. This exposes PTI's so called principled stand. To give credit to mqm - after the recent statement of its leader - this demand by mqm has taken the wind out of PTI's sails!
Truth | 9 years ago | Reply If 144 is imposed in Karachi then How they protesting at Co-operative Market Ecp Office. Law n Order should be same for every one. Karachi is not Owned by Single community of single person .Be fair then you will get your reality what image you people have created in peoples mind of you.
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