After inaugurating the electoral office for the upcoming by-election in National Assembly Constituency NA 245, former Mayor of Karachi and deputy organizer of MQM-Pakistan Waseem Akhtar demanded that the elections of local bodies which were to be held in Karachi and Hyderabad on July 24 be postponed. .
“I think local body elections should be postponed. If the boundaries of constituencies were corrected, then free and fair elections would be possible. However, the population of CUs in our traditional constituencies is high as rural areas have been incorporated into urban areas. We have already approached the court and the electoral commission to find solutions,” he said in an interview with reporters.
The MQM-P demanded a new census and the delimitation of constituencies based on the results of the census. The former mayor said the residents of NA-245 have been associated with his party since its inception and that this area had been one of the party’s strongholds.
This area was badly hit during the 1992 operation where people made sacrifices for the party, and residents of the constituency were imprisoned and martyred for fighting for their rights, he said. .
Akhtar said that the people of NA-245 would choose MQM-Pakistan again in the by-election because they knew it was the only party that in every forum raised its voice for the people of Karachi. “We have made agreements with parties at the national level to solve people’s problems here.”
Akhtar said the candidate Moeed Anwar his party fielded was a resident of the area. Anwar was a former district chairman and worked for MQM-P for a long time, he added.
Under Anwar’s leadership, the former mayor said, he had done many development projects in this area and if the party won the by-elections, he would work harder than he had done in the past.