Web Desk: After the General Elections which were held for a record third time consecutively in a country marred with a dictatorial past.
Parties now jockey for position in the national assembly trying their utmost to convince and lure independent party candidates along with known political forces to meet the allotted quota in a struggle to sit at the treasury and/or opposition benches in the parliament.
The role of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-Pakistan) has become crucial with major parties going head over heels to win their support.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader and former Sindh governor Mohammad Zubair met with the MQM-Pakistan at its Bahadurabad office on Monday.
Speaking to the media after the meeting, Zubair remarked that the two parties will continue to stay in the touch in the coming few weeks, adding that MQM-Pakistan also has reservations regarding the way elections were conducted.
MQM-Pakistan leader Faisal Sabzwari alleged that the Election Commission of Pakistan was involved in rigging the elections for the first time. “The failure of the result transmission system shows that ECP was unsuccessful in its task.”
The returning officers must recount votes as per the law, he claimed.
“People whose own party wouldn’t vote for them won. How is this possible,” Sabzwari asked.
With regards to Form 45, he questioned where was it filled? “Who knows where it was filled as the polling agents weren’t present at the time votes were being counted.”
Form 45 was supposed to be submitted on the day of the election rather than being uploaded on the website after a week, he said.
When asked about the Karachi operation, Zubair clarified that it was held to bring peace to the city. “Karachi operation was not against MQM,” he said.
JKT to meet MQM-P leaders later today
In a bid to seal the support of MQM-P’s six MNAs-elect and 16 MPAs-elect in Sindh, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Tareen is expected to reach Karachi today and meet MQM-P leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui.
Sources said the PTI leader, who will reach Karachi on a day’s visit tonight, will seek MQM-P’s support in supporting the formation of government in the centre, where the PTI gained the maximum number of seats but fell short of a clear majority.
Tareen is also expected to ask the MQM-P for its support in bringing the Sindh Assembly opposition leader from PTI.