IRFANULLAH MARWAT SUPPORTS PTI FOR PS-114
By Staff Reporter
KARACHI: Kamran Tessori, a senior leader of Mutahidda Qaumi Movement, Pakistan (MQM-P) filed nomination papers to contest by-polls for PS 114. Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar accompanied Tessori to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The seat fell vacant as an election tribunal in July 2014 unseated deciding an election petition after the runner-up, Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s Rauf Siddiqui, challenged the result alleging that the polls were rigged. Marwat who recently attempted to join PPPP decided to remain out of the contest and has reportedly decided to support Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the by-election for PS-114, Karachi scheduled to be held on July 9. According to the reports, a delegation of the PTI comprising provincial president Arif Alvi, deputy general secretary Imran Ismail and Haleem Adil Sheikh met Marwat at his residence. It was the fourth meeting between the PTI leaders during which Marwat was convinced to support PTI in the election. On May 11, 2017, the Supreme Court dismissed Marwat’s appeal against the election tribunal’s decision. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Haleem Adil Sheikh said now that Marwat had decided to back the PTI, there was no obstacle left for the party winning the election. “Marwat will accompany PTI Chairman Imran Khan on his trip to Karachi on June 18,” he added. “Now the PS-114 race is a hot contest between the PTI and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement. Pakistan People’s Party’s Saeed Ghani doesn’t even stand a chance.” Marwat is considered to have a significant support base in the constituency. PPP candidate Senator Saeed Ghani expressed confidence that he would win the seat. Ghani said development work carried out by the ruling PPP government in the province had been part of an approved budget and had not been an election ploy. He accused his opponents of using official funds to win voters in the constituency, a move he said was baseless, and he criticised the PTI and MQM for what he termed their misleading propaganda campaigns aimed at his party. Now Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the PML-N are all in the run for the constituency.