Karachi: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) is set to challenge result of PS-127 by-election held on Thursday in Malir, Karachi in which MQM lost the seat to PPP after 12 years, reported 24 News.
Reportedly MQM is set to challenge the result and file an appeal with election tribunal to verify and recount votes in various constituencies.
The seat fell vacant after MQM MPA Ashfaq Mandi resigned from the seat to switch to Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) of Mustafa Kamal.
In an electric by-election held on Thursday, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) candidate Ghulam Murtaza Baloch clinched the PS-127 seat of Sindh Assembly as confirmed by unofficial results. And MQM’s candidate Waseem Ahmaed stood at second place.
It may be noted that allegations of rigging were likely to surface. PPP candidate had sensed it on the day of election.
Cases of violent conflicts between MQM and MQM-Haqiqi workers was reported after which voter turnout remained low. Reportedly lower voter turnout did not augur well for MQM.
The by election carried a symbolic value for both MQM and ruling PPP in the province as it was the first election after MQM Pakistan’s detachment from the London office and appointment of Murad Ali Shah as CM Sindh by PPP.