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Hafiz Naeem withdraws from Sindh Assembly seat

  • February 12, 2024

In February 8 general elections, Hafiz Naeem had won the Sindh Assembly seat PS-129 from Karachi Central

Ameer Jamat-e-Islami Karachi Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman casting his vote in the polling station during General Elections 2024. —APP
Ameer Jamat-e-Islami Karachi Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman casting his vote in the polling station during General Elections 2024. —APP
  • JI Karachi chief says PTI candidate received more votes.
  • He vows to launch battle to get back their “winning seats”.
  • Naeem claims many of their polling agents not given Form 45.

KARACHI: Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman on Monday announced he would be relinquishing his provincial assembly seat, PS-129, from Karachi as he did not win the seat rather it was the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) backed candidate that had won the seat.

Addressing a press conference in Karachi, Naeem claimed that his PTI-backed opponent won the seat and he does not want a “charity” seat. 

He said he was returning the seat, but would continue the legal and political battle to reclaim all the seats that his party lost due to rigging. 

“You cannot change the people’s mind through fake mandate,” he said.

In the February 8 general elections, he won the Sindh Assembly seat PS-129 from Karachi Central. However, he said it was the PTI-supported candidate who won on PS-129, not him. 

“I do not want a seat in charity. It should be given to the one who has the right to it,” he said.

Naeem said the PTI candidate received more votes, so he was accepting PTI’s victory and mandate. He added that he had enough dignity within himself to accept that the independent candidate had won on PS-129

The JI leader also announced that he would not take oath as an MPA on the seat.

As per the Form 45, the PTI affiliated candidate won PS-129, hence he should take oath on that seat, he said. He said according to the ECP’s Form 47, he bagged 26,000 votes, whereas, he bagged 30,464 votes as per Form 45s. 

Vowing to launch the battle to get back their “winning seats”, the JI Karachi chief said even on his winning seat his votes were shown as 26,000, when he had bagged 30,000.

Demanding election results on the basis of Form 45, Naeem said they wanted all those seats where his party had won. 

The JI leader claimed that his decision to return the seat was a slap on the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)’s face. He also rebuked the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) for celebrating on the “fake mandate”.

The JI leader said a large number of their polling agents were not provided Form 45 and the worst kind of rigging was conducted through Form 47. The returning officers’ offices were sealed from all sides so that they could not approach him, he said.

He claimed that people gave them more votes in the general elections than last year’s local government polls. 

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