Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) will hold a march in Shahrah-e-Quaideen today (Sunday) where party leaders will announce the party’s future line of action for the rights of the Karachi population.
JI has intensified political activity over the past few days to make the marches a success and demonstrate the party’s strength in the city. The head of the JI center, Senator Sirajul Haq, will be the main speaker at the parade.
With local government elections coming up, political parties have tried to garner public support by highlighting the city’s civic issues. On Thursday, the Qaumi-Pakistan Muttahida Movement organized a rally for Karachi’s rights. It started in Karimabad and ended at Mazar-e-Quaid.
According to JI Karachi Information Secretary Zahid Askari, all arrangements have been finalized regarding the parade and a stage with containers near Allah Wala Chowrangi has been prepared.
“Rallies led by all JI district heads will reach the general meeting place while separate seating arrangements for women have also been prepared,” he said. Over the past week, JI leaders and members in various neighborhoods of the city have been holding meetings with residents and distributing flyers, asking them to attend their maximum number of public meetings for Karachi rights.
“Three consecutive Friday protests were also held in parts of Karachi by district heads and workers where residents were invited to join hands with the party to pressure the federal and provincial governments to give Karachi rights,” Askari said.
On Saturday, JI Karachi head Hafiz Naeemur Rehman spoke to people gathered at the JI protest camp set up near the K-Electric (KE) headquarters in the Gizri area where he said the power plant had made life miserable for Karachi residents by switch to unloading for hours.
He reiterated JI’s demands to revoke KE’s work permit and reprimanded the power company that carried out the blackout on the pretext of a lack of natural gas supply.
“KE claims the electricity bill by generating electricity using furnace oil while the power plant uses natural gas,” he said. “All parties in the government supported the KE in their mistakes.”
He said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and the Muttahida Qaumi-Pakistan Movement (MQM-P) had stripped youth jobs by granting an extension to the quota system while the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the ruling party in Sindh, had also issued fake domiciles to prevent youth. Karachi got a government job.
“Karachi people are tired of the linguistic politics of PPP and MQM and they will never accept this again,” he said.
JI’s Sindh Assembly member Syed Abdul Rasheed said the government appeared to be working under the KE. He added that Karachi’s infrastructure had been destroyed because of the past and present Sindh rulers.