The Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) have collaborated to challenge the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in Sindh. During a press conference, the alliance voiced concerns about potential biases in the upcoming elections, citing distrust in Sindh’s Caretaker Chief Minister Maqbool Baqir. They called for the removal of the provincial election commissioner and a reassignment of the existing bureaucracy. Additionally, the alliance expressed intentions to invite other political entities, such as the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), to join them against the PPP.
Doubts on Election Transparency
GDA leader Dr Safdar Abbasi highlighted their apprehensions about the impartiality of the interim government, asserting its alignment with PPP’s objectives. He also mentioned previous instances where trusted officers of former Sindh chief minister Murad Ali Shah remained influential within the Chief Minister’s House. MQM-P’s Dr. Farooq Sattar emphasized the need for unbiased electoral processes and expressed concerns over the prevalent corrupt system in Sindh. Both leaders, alongside JUI-F’s Sindh secretary-general Allama Soomro, underscored the importance of impartial officers and processes for the upcoming elections. The trio stressed that without reforms, the elections might lean in favour of the PPP, and they’re ready to resort to public protests if necessary.