LAHORE - Jamaat-e-Islami chief Senator Sirajul Haq has reiterated his demand for the installation of biometric system in Karachi by-poll to ensure free, fair and transparent elections.

Addressing a press conference at Mansoora on Sunday, he wondered if the government was so helpless that it could not arrange biometric system in a single constituency.

Criticizing Altaf Hussain speech to MQM workers, Sirajul Haq said that Altaf Husain, in his public address on Saturday, had apologised to the Establishment but he had not explained for what crimes, he was tendering an apology. He said the people of Karachi wanted the MQM leader to apologise for the lawyers’ murders on the 9th of April, the burning alive of the Baldia Town factory workers and the assassination of journalist Wali Khan Babar. However, he said that Altaf Husain had not uttered a word against the criminals involved in these killings.  

For the last 24 years, Karachi was in the control of the MQM and some institutions of the state besides some world powers had played a dirty role in placing Karachi under the MQM control, he held. He said that Altaf Husain had once again attempted to prove that he could shut down the Karachi on a single call even now. However, he said, times had changed and Altaf Husain’s words did not have much influence as in the past.

Senator Sirajul Haq said that the main issue of Karachi was law and order. Small traders, lawyers and common citizens of Karachi were harassed and afraid. The media and the judiciary were also hostage, he added. He said the people of Karachi got best opportunity and they should avail it for a change for their future generations and the future of the country.

Replying to a question, Sirajul Haq said that every individual or party had the right to contest election. However, he said that the MQM and the PTI had their elected representatives from Karachi, therefore, the masses should now give the right of representation to the JI. However, he added that the by-election in NA-246 would not affect the future relationship between PTI and JI.

The JI chief welcomed the visit of the Chinese President to the country. He said that the Pak- China friendship was everlasting and unparalleled.