PTI decide to support JI’s Hafiz Naeemur Rehman for Karachi mayor slot PPP, through the Sindh Police, was “abducting” elected representatives of the party before they can be sworn in. PTI

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf decide to support JI’s Hafiz Naeemur Rehman for Karachi mayor slot

KARACHI ( Web News )

The race for Karachi’s mayor office took an interesting turn on Saturday as the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) threw its weight behind Jamaat-e-Islami’s (JI) Engineer Hafiz Naeemur Rehman for the coveted post.

A PTI spokesperson confirmed the development and alleged that the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was involved in pre-poll rigging.

The spokesperson alleged that the PPP, through the Sindh Police, was “abducting” elected representatives of the party before they can be sworn in.

The Imran Khan-led party contended that the PPP after running away from the municipal elections four times wants to elect the mayor in a hurry.

“PTI has also approached the court on this matter. The mayor should be elected through a transparent process,” said the spokesperson, alleging that the PPP and MQM do not want the public mandate to be accepted.

Saying the PPP had run away from the local government elections four times, the spokesperson alleged that now they wanted to hold the mayor election in haste due to their vested interests.

The PTI spokesperson said elected representatives were being abducted before their oath-taking ceremony, adding that the party had approached the court on this matter.

Meanwhile, the PPP has approved the name of Barrister Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui for the slot of the Karachi mayor.

In the recently concluded Karachi local bodies polls, PPP emerged as the largest party but it failed to secure a simple majority of 179 votes needed for the seat of Karachi mayor.

PPP will need at least 22 seats even after an alliance with Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

In terms of the number of seats, PPP is the largest party in Karachi with 98 seats so far, followed by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) with 87 seats and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) with 43 seats; however, no party has a simple majority.

Following the completion of the direct phase of municipal elections, reserved seats will now be allocated to parties.

This way, the number of members of the House of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) will reach 367 after the election on 246 direct seats and the allocation of 121 reserved seats in six categories.

In the house, 1% of seats are reserved for transpersons (2), 1% for differently-abled people (2), 33% for women (81), 5% for youth (12), 5% for workers or farmers (12) and 5% for minorities (12).

According to the party position achieved so far, of the reserved seats PPP will get 32 for women, five for youth, five for labourers, five for minority, one for differently-abled, and one for transgender persons on the basis of majority, after which the number of PPP members in the city council is likely to be 144.

On the other hand, JI is likely to get a total of 121 seats after 28 seats for women, four for youth, four for labour and farmers, four for minorities, and one each for differently-abled and transgender people.

Moreover, the PTI is likely to get 20, while the PML-N is expected to secure two reserved seats in the city council, after winning in seven UCs.

Tailing behind the rest are JUI with two seats and Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) and an independent candidate with one seat each.