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By-polls & violence

By-polls & violence

EVERY political party has a legitimate right to contest election from anywhere in the country. No particular area in the country belongs to any particular political party nor is any constituency made a ‘no-go area’ for others.

Karachi is mini-Pakistan where all ethnic groups speaking different languages and people of various shades of political affiliation live. The city does not belong to any particular ethnic or linguistic group.

The MQM claims that the constituency (NA-246) belongs to them and that they are going to win the by-election without much difficulty.

There is no doubt that the MQM has been enjoying a massive public support in the constituency for decades and as such is said to be the favourite. Yet, the verdict must come through the ballot and not violence.

The PTI’s claim is contrary to that of the MQM’s. They maintain that the wind of change will remove the culture of ‘terror’, and attribute it to their past successes.

Whose claim is going to be vindicated ought to be proved through ballot and peaceful means. Hooliganism or vandalism is likely to be counter-productive and may help win people’s sympathies for the victimised party.

This ugly situation cannot be allowed to persist. It is in the interest of both the parties that peaceful atmosphere prevails and polls are held in the constituency. There is also a possibility of the bi-election being postponed, with much harsher steps by the authorities concerned.

A. Siddiqui


Published in Dawn, April 12th, 2015

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