Karachi: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), a key ally of the ruling alliance, has announced that it will not contest the upcoming by-elections on National Assembly seats that fell vacant after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) de-notified PTI lawmakers.
The party cited the country’s current economic situation as the reason for its decision. The decision was made during a Rabita Committee meeting chaired by MQM-P Senior Deputy Convener Nasreen Jalil.
The decision follows a similar announcement by the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) President and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam–Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazl Ur Rehman, who said that the ruling alliance would not contest the by-polls on the vacant seats.
ایم کیو ایم پاکستان کے عارضی مرکز بہادرآباد میں سینئر ڈپٹی کنوینر نسرین جلیل کی صدارت میں رابطہ کمیٹی کا اجلاس،ایم کیو ایم پاکستان
— MQM Pakistan (@MQMPKOfficial) February 19, 2023
The MQM-P had also boycotted the second phase of the local bodies elections held in seven districts of Sindh, including Karachi and Hyderabad divisions, on January 15, just hours before the polls.