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JUI-F, PML-F agree to form electoral alliance

05 December, 2012

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KARACHI: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) and Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) on Tuesday agreed to form an electoral alliance in the forthcoming general elections.

The decision was taken by the heads of both parties during a meeting in Karachi. JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman called on PML-F Chief Pir Pagaro at his residence and discussed political issues including matters pertaining to electoral alliance in the next general elections.

Both the leaders agreed in principle that their parties would form an electoral alliance to support each other's candidates. It was also decided at the meeting that both parties would continue negotiations to finalise matters pertaining to seat adjustments in the coming elections.

Later talking to media persons, the JUI-F chief said his party wanted empowerment of the state instead of the political parties and all the political forces should unite to confront challenges facing country.

Responding to a question, he said those crying about Talbanisation in Karachi should also tell who was responsible for introducing and promoting targeted killings and extortion culture in the city. He said that MQM Chief Altaf Hussain should return to the country instead of convening ulema meetings in London.

He said meetings of religious scholars in London would not make a difference in Karachi's situation.

Expressing surprise on the Supreme Court verdict, he said fresh delimitations should not be stopped merely on objections raised by MQM.

Meanwhile, Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader and Speaker Sindh Assembly Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said on Tuesday that making fresh delimitation of electoral constituencies in Karachi without population census would not increase number of constituencies in the city.

Speaking at a press conference at the Sindh Assembly building, he said that time for fresh general elections had come close and the Assembly will complete its tenure in coming March. "No seats will be increased if delimitations are made without holding fresh population census," he added.

According to him, increase in seats of the assemblies is made according to increase in population. He said that seats of the Sindh Assembly were increased from previous 110 to 168 on basis of the population census held in 1998. "If Election Commission of Pakistan wants to do fresh delimitations it should do the job across the province instead of only Karachi", he urged.

Responding to a question, he said that Balochistan government had emerged according to the Constitution and it could not be removed under Supreme Court's orders. He said that only the parliament and assemblies had the right to form and remove the governments. He said that Speaker of the Balochistan Assembly may have its own opinion but holding the Balochistan Assembly session could not be considered contempt of court.

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