MULTAN - Jamaat-e-Islami Punjab Amir Dr Syed Waseem Akhtar has said that postponement of elections is intolerable, asking the government to make arrangements for holding free, fair and transparent polls.

Talking to the journalists here on Saturday, he said that the government should offer financial autonomy to the election commission besides offering all other kinds of assistance including support from Army. He pointed out that massive funds were being given to the members of national and provincial assemblies which were being spent on buying the opinion of voters. He asked the election commission to take notice of misuse of development funds and launch action against those involved in misuse. “The development projects must continue but the projects launched on behalf of members of assemblies should be stopped,” he demanded.

He said that his party condemned target killing in Karachi. “MQM is responsible for entire lawlessness, killings and extortion in Karachi,” he alleged. He said that it was MQM that introduced the tradition of target killing and dead bodies in sacks in Karachi. He asked all political and religious parties to unify at one platform for the restoration of peace in Karachi.

DBA POLLS ON JAN 12: The polling for the election of new office bearers of District Bar Association Multan for year 2013 will be held on January 12, declared Ch. Habib Ullah Nihang, chairman of election board.

According to the schedule issued by the election board, the nomination papers will b e deposited on January 2nd, 2013 between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. The scrutiny of the papers, hearing of objections and decisions will be done on January 4 while the candidates can withdraw their papers on January 5. The final list of candidates will be displayed on January 7 at 4:00 pm while the polling will be held on January 12 between 9:00 am and 4:30pm.