Karachi: As per latest news MQM has decided to challenge the result of by-election.
Celebrations all around PPP circles as Bhutto’s party reclaims Karachi seat after 12 years
Official result is still to be notified yet jubilations are visible all around PPP circles as victory in PS-127 by election is clearly visible after unofficial and unconfirmed results have almost confirmed it. Jiyalas are excited and rightly so after reclaiming Karachi’s provincial assembly seat after 12 years.
As the doctrine goes “Vox Populi, Vox Dei” (the voice of the people is the voice of God) and the people have today thrown weight behind PPP in Karachi. In this way MQM Pakistan has lost its first battle after a detach of sorts from Altaf Hussain. And it is the first victory of PPP after Murad Ali Shah’s appointment as CM Sindh. The dust may take a while to settle but it is PPP’s day today.
PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari goes all joyous over the victory:
Karachi: By-election on provincial seat of Sindh assembly PS-127 was held on Thursday. The seat was vacated after MPA Ashfaq Mandi of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) resigned from the seat to join Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) of Mustafa Kamal, reported 24 News.
At least 21 candidates contested for PS-127 seat but the main contest was expected among Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) Waseem Ahmad, Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) Ghulam Murtaza Baloch and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Nadeem Memon.
There were 207,467 registered voters in the constituency for which 134 polling stations were set up. Reportedly more than 100 polling stations were declared sensitive.
Cases of violence and irregularities were reported during the day. Later Rangers had to intervene to disperse the clashing workers.
PPP candidate Murtaza Wahab’s message on Twitter:
PPP leads the election race (consolidated result of 120 polling stations)
Unofficial and unconfirmed results started pouring in. Initial results indicate that PPP’s candidate Ghulam Murtaza Baloch stood at first place with 13144 votes, MQM’s candidate Waseem Ahmad stood at second place with 8529 votes and PTI’s Nadeem Memon stood at third place with 3700 votes.
PPP: Ghulam Murtaza Baloch 14800 votes
MQM: Waseem Ahmad 10317 votes
PTI: Nadeem Memon 3700 votes
Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen : 1689 votes
PPP looks all set to reclaim the seat after a long break. Abdullah Murad of PPP won the seat in 2002 general election. Two years into his tenure he was gunned down in 2004. Then onward MQM kept winning the seat. In 2013 MPA Ashfaq Mandi of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) won the seat from which he resigned later on and changed his loyalty to PSP of Mustafa Kamal.
Significance of this election especially for MQM has been immense for it is the first election after crackdown of security forces on MQM in Karachi.
(This story is being regularly updated. Stay tuned for latest results)