NA-246: MWM stands with PTI whereas PML-N with JI
Karachi / Lahore: In the upcoming by-election of NA-246 constituency scheduled for April 23, Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) has announced to support the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.
MWM central leader, Maulana Ali Hussain Naqvi, told media that the party has decided to support PTI after consulting its members. He said there were various reasons for supporting PTI in the by-polls. “Since 2008, we have supported the MQM but the party has never supported our cause.”
He said that many Shia citizens were killed since 2008, but the MQM had never addressed their cause even when they were part of the government. A party source said that the PTI has promised to support the MWM in the upcoming general elections in Gilgit Baltistan and discussions were underway for seat adjustment between the two parties in the local bodies’ elections.
On the other hand, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has announced to support Rashid Naseem, the Jamat-e-Islami (JI) candidate for the NA-246 constituency. The decision was announced during a press conference held at the Muslim League House on Sunday where the PML-N’s Sindh chapter president, Muhammad Ismail Rahu, said that his party would support the JI for Karachi’s peace.
PML-N hopes to make comeback
The PML-N hopes to make a comeback in Karachi after August 14. The Punjab education minister, Rana Mashood, revealed this plan during a press conference in Lahore. He was of the opinion that an independent political struggle had only been made possible in Karachi due to the PML-N backed operation, which he claimed was not against any specific party. “This is the reason that the PML-N did not put up their candidate for the NA-246 elections,” he said, explaining that it would have dampened the spirit of the on-going operation in Karachi.
Addressing the increasing popularity and presence of PTI in the city, he said that earlier, Imran Khan was afraid of even stepping into Karachi, but today he could go into the city because of the efforts made by the PML-N.
PTI's Rally previous Sunday
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) candidate for NA-246, Kanwar Naveed, has claimed that most of the participants at the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf rally were not residents of the same constituency. They had come from other parts of the city to fill the large number of chairs placed at the venue.
Naveed advised his rival party leaders to use ‘parliamentary language’ during their election campaign and not abuse other parties. He added that it was the right of all political parties to conduct public meetings but they must follow the code of conduct.
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