Opposition parties demand free, fair polling in Karachi, Hyderabad.

KARACHI -- Welcoming the Election Commission of Pakistan's decision of holding local government elections in Karachi and Hyderabad divisions on Sunday [today], the opposition parties asked law enforcement agencies and ECP to ensure free and fair polling.

They expressed fear that 'moves' were still being made to pressurise the ECP and delay the process for political 'vested interests'.

Addressing a press conference at party headquarters Idara Noor-i-Haq, Jamaat-i-Islami Karachi chief Hafiz Naeem ur Rehman demanded proactive approach of the law-enforcement agencies to ensure security.

'Despite all pressures to further delay the local government elections, the ECP so far has managed to counter the moves through legal ways,' he said.

'We appreciate the ECP's role, but we have to stay vigilant as the anti-Karachi force can strike anytime,' he warned.

The PTI Karachi president, Bilal Ghaffar, in a letter to the ECP Sindh demanded free and fair LG elections and warned that any move to delay the process would attract strong reaction from the people.

In a statement, PTI Karachi president...

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