MQM-P hints at upsetting PDM apple cart over local govt polls.

KARACHI -- In a sign of much-propagated merger of its factions, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) staged a power show on Wednesday to protest against the holding of Jan 15 local government polls on current delimitation and threatened to leave the ruling coalition if its demands were not met.

Almost all estranged leaders belonging to different factions participated in the demonstration outside the provincial headquarters of the Election Commission of Pakistan against the LG elections being held in Karachi and Hyderabad.

The MQM-P leaders warned Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to take a clear stand if he had any respect for the rights of the people of urban Sindh or let the party 'decide about its future' as a member of ruling PDM coalition.

The MQM-P leaders along with the representatives of Pak-Sarzameen Party (PSP) and MQM Organisation Restoration Committee described the protest demo as the beginning of their 'united movement' for the rights of urban Sindh while reiterating its rejection of 'unjustified delimitation, fake voters' list and less count of population in the National Census 2017'.

Party's various factions may merge today; MQM-P rejects 'unjustified' delimitation, voter list

Though they didn't make any announcement about their parties' participation in the upcoming exercise, they did declare that the Jan 15 vote would be 'sheer injustice' to the people of urban Sindh.

'It's the beginning of our united movement against injustice and exploitation,' said MQM-P convener Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqi to the roar of crowd. 'We have learnt that only unity can save us, our people and our city. Now I want to tell the prime minister that it's not blackmailing but a struggle for rights. Now you have to decide what you actually think about this city and its people. Otherwise, we would be free to make our decision about our political future.'

He then shared the details of 'unjustified delimitation and fake voters' [list]', alleging that the population of Karachi was halved in the 2017 census.

He went on to remind the PDM that it was the party's seven seats in the National Assembly that had ensured majority for PM Sharif's government.

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