In reaction to Karachi MQM’s decision to boycott the second round of municipal elections in Sindh, the Pakistan Muslim League-N and People’s Party have released a statement.
According to Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon, the MQM’s decision to boycott the election is unfortunate. We would prefer that MQM participate in the election and run for office so that voters have the option to choose the candidate they want. Rana Sanaullah, the federal interior minister, told “Express-News” that it was regrettable that the main party in Karachi boycotted the election. Asif Zardari also addressed MQM’s concerns about constituencies, pointing out that the Election Commission is required by the Constitution to define constituencies before elections.
Rana Sanaullah said that the Poll Commission has not yet completed its duties regarding seats and that MQM’s split has harmed the image of the election. Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi and MQM both have issues over voter lists. Ameer Hafiz Naeem ur Rehman responded to the boycott declaration by stating that the MQM should have taken part in the election in order to learn who is running from where and that we are also against constituencies and censuses. Everyone is entitled to their own viewpoint, and the MQM is allowed to voice its own.
When Pahar visited the Ministry of Refugees, according to Halim Adil Shaikh, the head of the PTI and the opposition in Sindh, Khalid Maqbool declared a boycott and asked employees to back the PP candidate since both parties were profiting from the situation. Yet she had consented. He said that the PTI will be the party of the mayors of Karachi and Hyderabad.
The Tehreek-e-Insaaf workers of Karachi and Hyderabad should be congratulated, according to PTI Sindh President Ali Zaidi, since I will now represent PTI as mayor in both cities. He said that since the voters are PTI supporters and MQM supporters, the boycott would not have an impact on voting participation.