KARACHI - The political parties contesting NA-245 by-poll, scheduled to be held on April 7 in Karachi, are still trying to accelerate political activities including skirmishes.

As many as half dozen contestants participating in the upcoming by polls and each contestant either associated with political party or not trying flash its political campaign. Despite the various efforts political parties unable to create the momentum as compare to the previous by elections at NA-246. Witnesses said that a slight brawl and exchange of hot wards between the rival political parities portrayed like a war in media though there wasn’t any clash occurred.

Witnesses said that local leadership of rival political parties themselves distanced their workers to avoid any sort of fatal clash. The MQM considered to be the most favourite, is currently facing existential crisis because of the ongoing Karachi operation and after sudden appearance of the newly-formed group by its party former leader Mustafa Kamal. The MQM has been running the election campaign in the constituency while major opponent party PTI secured more than 50,000 votes from the constituency in last general elections seems quite confident to win with the support of the JI that has not fielded any candidate despite of having vote bank in the constituency.

“We had witness massive irregularities in the recent Local Government election and need reforms said JI Karachi Chief Hafiz Naeem while talking to The Nation. He said that first of all it is a by-election and party has not fielded any candidates as it is focusing on the general election 2018. The JI would contact the authorities concerned to empower the Election Commission and eliminate other irregularities from electoral process.

To a question about supporting any political party candidate, Hafiz said that no decision has been made so far.

NA-245 seat fell vacant after the resignation of MQM lawmaker Rehan Hashmi, who has been elected as vice-chairman of a union committee and is tipped as the chairman of the central district municipal corporation. Similarly, MQM’s Arshad Vohra vacated PS-115 as he won LG elections as chairman of a central district’s union committee and nominated by his party for the office of Karachi deputy mayor. MQM`s Mohammad Kamal, PTI`s Amjadullah Khan, PPP` Shahid Hussain, APML`s Naveed Shah Noori, Pasban Abdul Hakim including other independent candidates will compete from NA-245 on April 7.

NA-245 which falls in District Central, consists of North Nazimabad, Buffer Zone, some chunks of North Karachi and parts of Nazimabad, including Paposh Nagar. It is bounded by Nazimbad No. 5 on the west, Landi Kotal intersection on the southeast and North Karachi’s block 11-A, 11-B, 11-C on the north. Moreover the Kunwari colony and New Mianwali colony lies just outside the northwest boundary of constituency. Total numbers of voters registered voters in the constituency are 383,784 from which 124,644 are males and 91,943 are females. The previous results shows that the MQM`s Muhammad Rehan Hashmi won the seat with total counts of 115810 votes and PTI candidate Muhammad Riaz Haider declared runners up with counts of 54751 votes however JI Sindh Chief Dr Mirajul Hudda got 22376 votes. In general election 2008, MQM`s Farhat Mohammad Khan defeated PPP`s Qazi Mohammad Bashir.

Also, PS-115, constituency comprises PECHS Blocks 2 and 6, Jut Lines, Lines Area, Jacob Lines, Jinnah Complex, Khudadad Colony and some parts of Chanesar Goth. the constituency with the population of more than .23millions have that total numbers of 111711 voters from which 61924 are male and 49787 are female voters. SITE association chairperson Arshad Abdullah Vohra won the provincial seat in general election 2013 on MQM ticket while PTI candidate stayed on runners up position by securing more than eighteen thousands votes, JI also contributed with securing 3935 votes from the provincial constituency. the results of general election 2008 shows that MQM`s former leader Raza Haroon defeated PPP Muhammad Mushaffay Ahmed. MQM`s Faisal Rafique, PTI’s Amjad Asif Jah, PPP`s Saeed CHawla, including other independent candidates were in the run of the provincial assembly seat.

So far Election Commissioner Sindh Tanveer Zaki has declared 90 per cent of the polling stations sensitive and summoned for the deployment of the Police and Rangers in and outside the stations.