Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Sindh President and former Union Minister Syed Ali Haider Zaidi addressed a press conference on Wednesday and expressed concern over the pre-poll rigging and the current situation in the country. Mr. Zaidi was accompanied by PTI Karachi President Bilal Ghaffar, PTI Sindh MPA, Sidra Imran and Arsalan Taj Gumman.
PTI Sindh President informed the media that the letter to Chief Secretary Sindh has been sent along with a copy to Chief Election Commissioner Pakistan and Election Commissioner Sindh. In his letter, Mr. Zaidi pointed out that the recent District Governors in Karachi are political workers of the MCC apart from civil servants in the local government.
Mr. Zaidi mentioned the names of these people, Syed Shakeel Ahmed, Mohammad Farooq and Furqan Atyeb, and showed pictures of their social media pages, labeling them as workers and members of the PRC. He also asked whether civil servants can be members of political parties.
The appointment of such officials as district governors 20 days before the local government elections in Karachi on January 15, 2023 is a clear pre-election fraud. The PTI Sindh president accused PTI and MQM of playing a fixed game and turning the playing field in their favor as they realized that they could not defeat PTI through a free and fair election process.
Addressing national issues, Mr. Zaidi lamented the state of affairs in the country in terms of governance and economy. Government decisions on imports have led to the collapse of Pakistan’s economy. In addition, he criticized the federal government for failing to consult the business and trade community about the changes to operating hours, which would negatively affect many businesses in the restaurant, catering and hospitality sectors.
PTI President Sindh expressed concern over increasing street crime in Karachi and terrorism in KPK. He also pointed out that Chinese companies operating in Sindh have informed the Sindh Chief Minister about their personal security concerns.
Mr. Zaidi reprimanded Sindh government ministers for holding inappropriate daily press conferences against former Prime Minister Imran Khan. Since they have no evidence of corruption against him, the toshahana and audio recordings are still being processed.