JI's Hafiz Naeem surprises everyone by quitting his seat in PTI's favour

JI's Hafiz Naeem surprises everyone by quitting his seat in PTI's favour


Says worst rigging took place in elections

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KARACHI (Dunya News) – In a significant development, Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi Emir Hafiz Naeemur Rehman on Monday forfeited his provincial assembly seat PS-129 (Karachi), saying the PTI-backed independent candidate had secured more votes than him and deserved it. 

JI's Naeemur Rehman returned successful on PS-129 (Karachi Central-VIII) by bagging 26,296 votes. Out of the seven provincial assembly seats of Korangi district, three were won by independent candidates, two by MQM-P and one each by the PPPP and the JI. 

Addressing media persons, he said they were giving him the seat in charity. He said worst rigging took place in recent elections. 

Hafiz Naeem said his party had reservations over the results. He said seats were doled out in Karachi. He further alleged that the MQM leaders including Mustafa Kamal faced defeat in elections but they were declared winners.

The JI emir said his opponents were hell bent on destroying Karachi. He said he had the moral courage to accept the defeat and urged the ECP to declare the real winners as returned candidates. 

"The nation has awakened to the reality. We will not let our future generations go to dogs. We want peaceful resistance. Our fight is for the rights of people. We will contest a legal and constitutional fight," he said. 

He said he had written to the chief justice of Pakistan to take notice of the rigging in election. He demanded that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) release results as per Form-45. 

The JI leader said his party did not want to take people towards violence and extremism. He alleged that the MQM candidate secured 6,000 votes but these were enhanced to 20,000.