Sindh puts off LG elections in Karachi and Dadu.

KARACHI -- In a late-night development, the Sindh government announced that the long awaited local government elections, scheduled for Jan 15, would not be held in Karachi and Dadu.

According to the announcement, polls in seven districts - Tando Allahyar, Tando Muhammad Khan, Badin, Thatta, Sujawal and Jamshoro - will go ahead as planned on Jan 15.

Addressing a press conference in the early hours of Friday, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon also announced that the notification to hold the polls on the basis of the existing delimitation had also been withdrawn on the demand of their 'coalition partner', the MQM-P, which had serious reservations with it.

The MQM-P had rejected the delimitation of local government constituencies and, terming them 'unjustified', demanded the withdrawal of the notification issued in this regard.

Delimitation notification withdrawn amid MQM-P protest

At the hurriedly-called press conference, Mr Memon said that the provincial government had already written to the Election Commission of Pakistan for the postponement of local government elections in Dadu since swathes of the district were still under floodwaters.

The decision came after an emergency meeting of the Pakistan Peoples Party, presided by party chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and attended by...

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