KARACHI - For holding transparent elections and against target killings, Train March of Jamaat-e-Islami and other opposition parties led by JI Sindh Chief Mairajul Huda Siddiqui departed for Rawalpindi here on Sunday.

Leaders, including JI’s Mumtaz Shehtu, JI’s Karachi Chief Hussain Mahenti, JI’s Naseem Siddiqui, JI’s Raja Arif Sultan, JI’s Nasrullah Shajih, PML-N’s Saleem Zia, PML-F’s Shahid Soomro, JUP’s Owais Noorani, AML’s Mehfooz Yar Khan, STPP’s Gulzar Soomro and others convoyed the participants of Train March.

A public meeting was programmed at Cantt Station Karachi, where scores of JI and other parties’ workers and supporters were present to see off the participants of the Train March.

They chanted slogans against target killings and irregularities in voters’ verification process. Before departure, the leaders of JI, PML-N, PML-F, JUI, JUP, AML, STPP and others addressed the gathering at Cantt Station Karachi.

JI Sindh Chief Mairajul Huda Siddiqui said that Election Commission had become the gadget of evil powers in Karachi and such powers do not allow survival of anyone in the metropolis.

During the voters’ verification process, nearly 2.2 million voters have been increased in the electoral rolls, he added.

Siddiqui said Train March was the convoy of the democracy and peace, adding JI and other opposition parties will make Karachi again “the city of lights” JUP‘s Owais Noorani said the Train March would prove a referendum against target killers, extortionists and terrorists.

He further said the EC had held hostage by the terrorists and obeying the instructions of Nine Zero instead of Constitution.

PML-N’s Saleem Zia claimed the mandate of MQM was fake and said all opposition parties need elections instead of selection. JI’s Asadullah Bhutto said that holding of transparent elections was need of the hour so that the people could rid of pro-American agents.

He said that the anomalies were being witnessed in electoral lists but PPP-MQM had planned for pre-poll rigging in upcoming general elections.

JI‘s Karachi Chief Hussain Mehanti said that the Train March would change the fortune of masses, adding it will pave way of lasting peace and crystal clear polls in Karachi. AML‘s Mehfooz Yar Khan thanked the leadership of JI that it had gathered 22 parties under one umbrella. Mufti Usman Yar Khan said the city has become changed into slaughter house but none of the government officials is taking any step in this regard. Hafiz Naeem said the EC had once again held hostage, adding all opposition parties put forward the case of Karachi before the people of the country. “The transparent polls are impossible without rectification of electoral rolls”, he added.

Mumtaz Shehtu said the people do not allow anyone to carryout rigging in general elections, adding if the voters’ lists could not be rectified then the drama of democracy by the present government would be revealed. Basharat Mirza said all opposition parties were carrying out peaceful struggle for holding fair and transparent election in the country predominantly in Karachi.

According to the schedule, participants of Train March will reach Rawalpindi on March 6 where a delegation of opposition leaders will meet the Chief Election Commissioner at Election Commission Office in Islamabad and will present a memorandum.