12 Feb 2024
Ameer Jammat-e-Islami Karachi, Hafiz Naeemur Rehman, on Monday tendered his resignation from the Sindh Assembly seat in protest against the alleged rigging in elections, held on February 8 across the country.
A day earlier, PTI and JI staged protests in Karachi, vowing to continue their struggle to get back their ‘stolen’ constituencies in the metropolis.
Addressing a press conference in Karachi, JI Karachi chief alleged that the electoral process was not started on time at many polling stations on elections day in the port city.
He further alleged that the cameras were removed from the polling stations to rig the elections easily.
Naeem claimed that JI obtained more votes, in Feb 8 elections, than the local body elections in Karachi, in which the party had secured 85 seats.
He admitted that his constituency was won by a PTI-backed candidate but it was given to him in 'charity.'
"I don't want a seat in charity. I bagged 30,464 votes as per form-45 but ECP's form-47 was manipulated to favour MQM-P. Even PTI was winning in the elections and we accepted their mandate. But it was all done to facilitate MQM-P who even cannot win a councilor seat," he said in a presser.
In the Feb 8 polls, JI Ameer Hafiz Naeemur Rehman had clinched PS-129 with 26,926 votes, while MQM-P's Maaz Mukaddam came second with 20,608 votes.