KARACHI - Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Awami National Party (ANP) have announced to boycott the upcoming by-election in Sindh scheduled to be held on August 22.
A JI spokesman, while talking to The Nation, said they had decided to boycott the by-election on all the national and provincial constituencies of Karachi.
He added JI has reservations as the city witnessed a massive rigging, manipulation and capturing of polling stations, expulsion of the polling agents at gunpoint from polling stations and snatching of ballot papers during the general elections on May 11.
He demanded Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) issue orders for re-polling in the urban Sindh, declaring the past results null and void.
Meanwhile, Sindh ANP Chief and Senator Shahi Syed, in a statement, on Sunday said his party had been forced out of the general elections under a conspiracy.
“We have remained a target of terrorists and our candidates, workers and supporters were killed during the election campaign. The party leaders in Karachi are still receiving murder threats on mobile phones. Despite passage of more than three months, the killers of ANP candidate Sadiq Khan Khattak from NA-254 and his four-year-old son have not been arrested,” he lamented.
The ANP Sindh chief said ANP believed in democracy and the party had decided to register its protest by staying out of the by-election. He, however, said they would support Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) candidates in the polls.