Shahi SayedSindh Minister Amir Nawab of the ANP would not perform his
official duty till holding of by-election to lodge protest against its
postponement.

KARACHI: The Awami National Party’s Sindh chapter president, Shahi Syed, has
termed the postponement of by-elections on PS-94 a partisan act and announced
that his party’s MPAs would protest against this partiality by boycotting the
Sindh assembly session beginning on Sept 24.

Addressing a press conference after attending a party meeting at Mardan House on
Tuesday, the ANP leader said that the provincial government by postponing
by-elections of the PS-94 constituency proved that the civil administration had
failed to maintain law and order in the city.

In addition to the party’s boycott of the assembly session, Sindh Minister
Amir Nawab of the ANP would not perform his official duty till holding of
by-election to lodge protest against its postponement, he said.

Shahi Syed said that his party might give a call for strike or observance of a
black day on the day of polling if the partial attitude towards the ANP was
not changed.

Shahi Sayed said: “We consider that political influence was exercised for
postponing the by-elections as our party was not taken on board before
announcing the decision nor anyone had contacted us in this regard.”
 

“This one-sided decision to delay the polling has made us suspicious of
fair elections being held,” he said.

PS-94 by-polls were supposed to take place on September 22. However, after the
murder of Dr Imran Farooq, the Sindh government requested the EC to delay the
elections. Responding to this the ANP Sindh chief said that target killing is
not a new phenomenon, but has rather been continuing for the past three years.

He stressed that terrorists have vowed to destroy peace in the city and demanded
that the army be present during the polling for PS-94 to ensure security for the
voters, as the rangers have not been given enough power and the police cannot
enter the areas where the polling is supposed to be held.

He said that if the government wants to hold fair elections on October 17, all
polling stations should be placed under the watch of military and soldiers
should be deployed at all stations.

Shahi Sayed  appealed to the Chief Justice of Pakistan to investigate the
decision of the EC which he said was biased and politically motivated.

PS-94 was left vacant after the assassination of MQM MPA Raza Haider and the two
main contestants for the seat are believed to be the MQM and the ANP.