KARACHI: Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) is being billed as top favorite for the mayroship of Karachi—popularly known as ‘the city of lights’ as the party notched up 130 seats, according unofficial and unconfirmed results of Local Government elections.
MQM leader Syed Haider Abbas Rizvi said that his party fielded 180 candidates including a number of those who it supported in the polls.
The Muttahida leader said out of these direct or indirect candidates, 130 have been declared successful, according to unofficial and unconfirmed results.
On this occasion, Rizvi also thanked the people of Karachi specially those in Landhi and Korangi for their support.
It should be mentioned here that the MQM has risen to prominence strengthening its position for mayorship in Karachi.
All the top line MQM leaders including Waseem Akhtar and Rehan Hashmi have been declared victorious, according to unofficial and unconfirmed results.
MQM’s workers and supporters took to roads bursting into late night celebrations carrying party flags and raising full-throated slogans.
MQM swept Central District with 50 out of 51 seats. Similarly, it got 30 chairman seats from District Korangi and 16 from District East. The party bagged 28 chairman seats from District West.
Meantime, Muttahida’s 500 Councillors succeeded across the metropolis.
Meantime, the alliance of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) managed to muster 19 seats—an apparent dent to MQM’s once impregnable powerbase.
On the other side, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) could bag only six seats from its bastion—Lyari.
The electoral arena in the metropolis witness several heavyweights bite the dust—including JI’s Hafiz Naeem, PTI’s Ali Zaidi and PPP’s Naji Alam.
The PTI accepted its defeat and extended felicitations to MQM.