KARACHI, Apr 5 (INP): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate for NA-246 by-election Imran Ismail Sunday called for deployment of military troops in the constituency till April 23. Addressing a press conference here, Imran said the security of people’s lives is more important than any election or by-election. The PTI leader said that the party’s workers are being targeted during election campaign in Karachi and they are not being allowed to carry out canvassing door to door. . He said that his workers could not be able to contact the people of the constituency due to “frightening atmosphere”.
Imran accused MQM candidate Kunwar Naveed and other party leaders of inciting violence against the PTI. He questioned as to when Election Commission of Pakistan would take notice of the recent incidents in NA-246. “A code of conduct was prepared at Governor House but MQM violated it the very next day,” Imran claimed. He said during their meeting with Commissioner Karachi today, they made it clear that they do not expect MQM to behave like a democratic political party. He also criticised Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah who described NA-246 as the constituency of MQM. He said if it was so, then what was the need to hold elections.