KARACHI: In another by-election, where voters’ turnout was not that much appreciable, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) succeeded in attaining people’s confidence by winning the Karachi’s NA-245 seat on Sunday. The said seat was vacant due to death of Dr Amir Liaqat Hussain who had secured
56673 votes under the PTI’s banner in 2018 general election while at that time; the then MQM-P’s candidate Dr Farooq Sattar could get 56673 votes.
PTI’s victory jolted the political scenario in Karachi where MQM-P was being supported by the ruling parties in coalition at the Centre. This is important to know that local bodies elections are going to be held in the city after one week and this result might affect the upcoming polls.
As per the unofficial results, Mahmood B. Maulvi of PTI secured 29,475 votes and topped the table by defeating MQM-P’s Moeed Anwar who was able to get 13,173 votes. Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan’s (TLP) Mohammad Ahmed Raza grabbed third position by bagging 9,836 votes whereas the independent candidate and MQM-P’s former leader Dr Farooq Sattar, could manage to secure only 3,479 votes. Farooq Sattar had been the founder of MQM restoration committee in the past.
PTI’s Mehmood Maulvi got 29,475 votes and topped the table
Let us see what this victory brings for the PTI in Karachi as the coalition government registered an FIR at Margla Police Station yesterday against the former Prime Minister and PTI’s chairman Imran Khan under the Anti-Terrorism Act for giving threats to an additional sessions judge and senior police officers of the Islamabad police at a rally in Islamabad’s F-9 Park on Saturday night.
It was speculated that the Capital police was going to arrest Mr Khan in the said case however people from various parts of the country gathered outside Bani Gala to prevent the police from arresting their leader. Later at night, the Police representative denied any such arrest move and said that no arrest was under consideration.
PTI’s Sindh chapter’s president Ali Zaidi tweeted that the result of NA-245 proved that Imran Khan had the support of people all around Pakistan and he feared if any foolish move related to IK’s arrest was made, the people would block the whole country. Zaidi also shared the image of the FIR lodged against Mr Khan along with his tweet.
The NA-245 seat was vacant due to Dr Amir Liaqat Hussain’s death on June 09, 2022
Although, the polling continued for nine consecutive hours without any break at 263 polling stations, large number of voters did not show their interest in voting and prevented themselves from visiting the polling venues. The first half of the day remained silent however before the cut-off time, the polling stations witnessed a good number of voters.
The overall situation at NA-245 remained peaceful and controlled and no violent activity was reported apart from a few instances of tensions and frays between the contesting parties.
On June 16 during by election in NA-240, Korangi, low turnout along with mismanagement on ECP part and poor performance of law enforcement agencies were reported which were accompanied by armed attacks, quarrels between workers of opposite parties and attacks on election camps; leaving a person dead and many injured. This time no such violence was reported and everything ended up in a peaceful manner.