LAHORE - The opposition parties’ train march led by Jamaat-e-Islami on Tuesday reached Lahore. The march was welcomed at Lahore Railway Station by scores of workers of JI and other parities. The train march will leave for Rawalpindi today (Wednesday). The march is aimed at drawing the attention of the people of Pakistan towards lawlessness and targeted killings in Karachi. JI leaders Mairaj-ul-Huda Siddiqui, Muhammad Hussain Mahenti, Naseem Siddiqui, Saleem Zia of the PML-N, Shahid Soomro of the PML-F, Mustaqeem Noorani of the JUP, Mehfooz Yar Khan of the AML and others are leading the march.The marchers were welcomed by JI General Sectary Liaqat Baloch, Fareed Piracha, PML-N leaders Pervaiz Malik and Khawaja Imran Nazeer, JUP leader Hafiz Naseer Noorani, Malik Bashir Nizami and others. On the occasion, Baloch said all parities participating in the March were united against the MQM. He said nation wanted that Karachi must be freed from the extortionists. He said Election Commission should work on delimitation of Karachi according to the orders of Apex Court. Mairaj-ul-Huda Siddiqui said MQM had made hostage Karachi and the streets of the city were red with the blood of innocent citizens. He said if the free and fair elections would not be held, it would be a disaster.  Muhammad Hussain Mahenti said citizens of Karachi wanted peace. He said the Sindh government did nothing to nab the culprits responsible for Abbas Town blasts. Besides the JI, the PML-N, the PML-F, the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam, the Jamiat Ulema Pakistan, the Awami Muslim League and the Sindh Tarraqi-Passand Party are participating in the March.  The march is scheduled to reach Rawalpindi today where the leaders would meet the Chief Election Commissioner in Islamabad and present a memorandum.

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