By-polls will decide fate of Karachi, says Imran

“One seat in the National Assembly will not make a difference to PTI, but it will change the future of Karachi,” the PTI chairman.



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Published: Tue 21 Apr 2015, 12:03 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 8:39 PM

Karachi — Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said that the NA-246 by-polls would determine the fate of Karachi.

“One seat in the National Assembly will not make a difference to PTI, but it will change the future of Karachi,” the PTI chairman said while talking to the media in Karachi.

“NA-246 is crucial for Karachi’s fate,” Imran added.

Claiming that Karachi has been gripped by “an atmosphere of fear” for the past 25 years, Imran urged Rangers to ensure people exercise their right to cast vote freely and are not held back.

“For the past 25 years there has been an atmosphere of fear in Karachi but the Rangers should not let the same happen on the day of by-polls.”

Imran said that his party has never picked up weapons and would never do so.

“The popularity of PTI is spreading fast across the country, while the other parties have become regional,”  he said. The PTI chief requested its rival party, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), to allow the people of Karachi to vote freely.

“I request MQM to allow people to vote for the candidate they want and not to influence their decisions,” he added.

PTI  was set to display its might late in the day as it has organised a rally at Jinnah Bagh, a stronghold of MQM . — Online

Candidates from MQM, PTI and Jamaat-e-Islami are strong contestants in the NA-246 by-polls. The seat fell vacant after MQM candidate Nabeel Gabool resigned from his position due to differences with the party.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Sunday announced favouring Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) in the Karachi by-election. — Online


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