Game Karachi: What the players say
SEATS BEING CONTESTED BY EACH PARTY (OVERALL PERCENTAGE)
Tliis is the second part of our in-depth interviews with senior leaders of the Muttahida Qaunii Movement, Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan People’s Party.
The key players and leaders of the big four in Karachi’s political fray—Waseem Akhtar, Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman, Ali Zaidi and Najmi Alam, respectively — sat down wilh The News to discuss the trials and tribulations the parties faced in the run up to the historic local government election being held today across the six districts of Karachi
PTI’S tryst with JI
The News: Isn’t the alliance between the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) a vindication of the notion that both parties have the same ideological bases?
Ali Zaidi, the Karachi organizer for PTI: No, we two different political parties and have completely different ideologies. Our model of a Madinah state is completely different from that of JI’s. We stand for the live and let live policy and we believe that Islam is a secular religion.
However, politics doesn’t always have to be about left and right _ It has to be about light or wrong. We may be two very different parties but we share a common agenda and that is of establishing peace in the city.
Hafiz Naeem, Karachi Ameer of JI: This is not a merger of parties. We are two distinct political parties who are cooperating with each other.