Rift within MQM can lead to clashes in Karachi: Azam Khan

Islamabad: Caretaker interior minister Mohammad Azam Khan has expressed the fear that the growing rift within the ranks of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) can lead to clashes in Karachi during the general elections slated for July 25.

Talking to a private channel on Sunday the caretaker interior minister Mr. Azam Khan said that there is peace in the metropolis right now but there are apprehensions that the split with the MQM could lead to clashes. “Politicians should refrain from personal attacks against each other,” the caretaker minister said adding that the election process across the country will be monitored from a control room in Islamabad. Referring to highly sensitive areas, Khan said, “Some districts of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are sensitive”.

“We will hold a meeting through National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) with heads of political parties on the code of conduct for the election”, the minister said. The elections commission of Pakistan has already issued a comprehensive document regarding the code of conduct for the general elections. The document provides dos and don’ts guideline for all including political parties, contesting candidates, polling agents and other stakeholders. If this code of conduct is implemented in letter and spirit and adhered to by the political parties during the elections, it is for sure that there will be no electoral violence in any part of the country

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