ISLAMABAD–The interior ministry has informed the Sindh government that it is ready to assign the responsibility of security for the coming by-election for Karachi’s National Assembly seat NA-246 to the Rangers.
The minister had said earlier that every political party, including the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), had the right to hold a rally in Karachi. He asked the ministry to contact the Sindh chief secretary and the inspector general of police to ensure security at PTI’s rallies.
Chaudhry Nisar said that if the Election Commission deemed it appropriate, the Sindh Rangers could be asked to ensure peaceful holding of the election.
Sindh govt contacted about situation in NA-246, Karachi
He said what was happening with the PTI’s rallies in Karachi was against democratic norms and if the situation with regard to the by-election remained the same, the Rangers would be asked to provide security at the party’s public meetings, with the permission of the ECP.
The seat had fallen vacant after Nabil Gabol of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) quit the party and resigned from the National Assembly.
The constituency, known as a stronghold of the MQM, is going through a flurry of political activities.
However, the political activity has been marred by violence in recent days which saw an attack on PTI candidate Imran Ismail’s car and scuffles between workers of both parties.
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