In an emergency press conference Saturday, the Jamaat-e-Islami announced that it was boycotting elections in protest against what they called the threatening and scaring of voters in several constituencies of Karachi and Hyderabad.

Party chief Syed Munawar Hasan, accompanied by former Mayor of Karachi Naimatullah Khan and Party’s Karachi Amir Mohammad Hussain Mehanti, accused the MQM of being directly involved in the incidents of violence and rigging.

“Even in Hyderabad, our workers were beaten with weapons and pushed out of the polling stations in two constituencies,” said Munawar Hasan.

The JI Chief also announced a peaceful strike in the two cities on Monday and dharna at the office of Provincial Election Commissioner.  He asked the forces supporting MQM not to discourage the youth and people of Pakistan and hoped that other parties would follow Jamaat-e-Islami’s suit after witnessing the situation in Karachi.

On this occasion Mohammad Hussain Mehanti said when DRO South was contacted, he was told that entire polling material was taken away by MQM workers forcibly.  He accused Governor Sindh for being responsible of the entire situation of threatening and scaring of voters.

JUP’s Owais Noorani also condemned the highhandedness of MQM and questioned as to where Rangers and Army troops were? He said MQM has been given a free hand to rig the elections. He said the MQM had decided that it would not allow any candidate to win from NA-250 and pointed out that thousands of voters waited outside the polling stations but could not cast their votes.