Local government elections in Karachi remain the talk of the town for the third consecutive day as the Election Commission of Pakistan delayed the final result. Jamaat-e-Islami announced a nationwide protest on Tuesday amid the delay in results and the possibility of rigging.
The leader of Jamaat-e-Islami Siraj-ul-Haq said that they emerged as the largest party in Karachi, and it was clear that Jamaat gained a majority. He said that the delay in the results by Election Commission raised doubts. Siraj-ul-Haq pointed out that the results of other parties are also being tempered and appealed for protests in major cities of the country.
On the other hand, parties have started their efforts to form a government in Karachi. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has offered Jamaat-e-Islami to collaborate for the position of mayor and deputy mayor of Karachi.
PTI’s central leader conveyed Imran Khan’s message to Sirajul Haq in a telephone conversation. Sirajul Haq said Jamaat-e-Islami would consult in the meeting and take a final decision.
It is pertinent to mention here that Jamaat-e-Islami and Pakistan People’s Party have not contacted each other.
The final results of 235 union councils have been released. PPP won 93 seats, Jamaat-e-Islami came second with 86 seats and PTI could do only with 40 seats. PML-N won 7, JUI and independent candidates three each, and TLP won 2 seats. Media reports predict that PPP will be the largest party with 142 seats.