MQM challenges Karachi delimitation in SHC

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The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Wednesday challenged the delimitation of constituencies in Karachi in the Sindh High Court.

MQM leaders Farooq Sattar and Senator Farogh Naseem filed the party’s suit in the court.

Speaking to the media outside the court, Sattar said that his party objected to the delimitation because legal procedures were not followed. He claimed that the delimitation was unconstitutional.

While explaining MQM’s reservations, Naseem informed the media that the case against the delimitation was very strong and it will be easy to strike it down.

He stressed that the delimitation was done on the basis of estimated population while law dictates that the census of 1998 should have been followed.

The rift between the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and MQM over this issue has caused delay in the local bodies elections. The official date for elections in Sindh was decided to be January 18 but the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) failed to notify the polling schedule because the provincial government had not completed the pre-requisites in time.