People will not accept ‘danda-bardar shariat’: Altaf
KARACHI: MQM Chief Altaf Hussain has said on Saturday that Taliban want to discourage people from participating in the election gatherings of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Awami National Party (ANP) but people of the country will not accept ‘danda bardar shariat’. The MQM chief was addressing a public gathering in Nawabshah via a telephone from London In a telephonic address from London, while speaking to a public gathering in Nawabshah, Hussain said that Islam is a religion of peace and it prohibits forced implementation. The MQM will form the next government in Sindh, and attacks on party offices and election gatherings are a conspiracy to keep progressive forces out of the election process. He said that a smooth election campaign could only be witnessed in Punjab. Meanwhile, the MQM’s Coordination Committee on Saturday categorically stated that the party will not boycott election despite conspiracies. In a telephonic conversation with the party chief, the Coordination committee members said that despite attacks on workers and leaders, morale of MQM workers was high and they would not surrender before terrorists. staff reporthttp://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=20134\28\story_28-4-2013_pg12_5
ECP takes notice of Imran’s speech
ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday took notice of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s “personal attack” on the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
Earlier, Imran Khan had addressed a rally in Bahawalpur, where he used words for Nawaz Sharif that the ECP found objectionable.The entire speech will be put before ECP chief Fakhruddin G Ebrahim in a meeting on Tuesday, where it will be evaluated whether the speech contained offensive remarks. On Friday, the ECP issued a notification prohibiting political parties and their candidates from launching personal attacks against their opponents.
With the election campaigns in full swing and parties holding rallies, candidates were seen criticising each other and often resorting to name-calling and rhetoric that could be construed as slander. online
Qadri tells ‘followers’ to boycott election
LAHORE: Minhajul Quran International (MQI) head Dr Tahirul Qadri has resumed his pseudo-politics from Canada, advising his followers-cum-voters to boycott the May 11 election for the sake of ‘saving’ the state.
Qadri, who is living in Canada nowadays, is likely to revisit Pakistan on May 5 to convince Pakistanis to stay away from the electoral process and hold sit-in protests outside all election commission offices across the country.
With this agenda, the MQI has started distributing hundred of thousands of leaflets among the masses, in which people have been urged not to take part in election, as it could not bring any change in society.
The leaflets, available with Daily Times, urge the masses to refrain from casting their votes on May 11, and participate in the MQI’s sit-ins outside the local election commission offices in their respective areas.
In the leaflets, Qadri has suggested his followers, who are already listed in the electoral rolls, to stand united against the “existing corrupt system”.
In one of the two leaflets, he has declared the upcoming election “engineered” and “rigged”, and asked the people not to vote for fake-degree holders, tax evaders and loan defaulters who had been permitted to contest elections.
The MQI started its anti-election door-to-door campaign from its headquarters in Lahore – Model Town – and its volunteers are distributing the leaflets in each and every house of the area.
When this scribe asked the locals about their views on the distribution of such pamphlets, most of them expressed less confidence in the slogans of Dr Tahirul Qadri, and said that he had left them in the middle of no-where during his last call to the people for saving the state just a few months ago.
They were also in doubt about the hidden agenda of Qadri’s appearance in the country just six days before the polling day and the slogan of boycotting the election when all political parties are admiring it as a positive step towards strengthening democracy in Pakistan.