PTI’s Forward Bloc leader denies external pressure in Karachi mayoral election

PTI UC Chairman Asad Aman.-Twitter/Screengrab
PTI UC Chairman Asad Aman.-Twitter/Screengrab

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Forward Bloc leader Asad Aman on Saturday said that the 32 PTI members who abstained from voting in the Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC) mayoral election did so without any external pressure.

during an interview with geo newsHe said he would explain the reasons for not voting in favor of Jamaat-e-Islami candidate Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman in response to the show cause notice issued to him by the party.

Furthermore, Asad said that he would play the role of opposition against the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) with full force while sitting on the opposition benches.

He also clarified that he is answerable to the party and not Hafiz Naeem.

It may be noted that during the voting for the mayoral election of Karachi on June 15, 32 UC chairpersons from PTI were absent. The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) candidate accused the PPP of abducting him to rig the election in favor of Murtaza Wahab.

However, the PPP claimed that PTI members refused to vote for Hafiz Naeem because of their own reservations without any outside influence.

Eventually, PPP’s Murtaza Wahab secured the post of Mayor of Karachi with 173 votes, while JI’s Hafiz Naeem followed him with 160 votes.

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