Ghani offers to arbitrate between PPP and JI if Naeem accepts deputy mayor position

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Sindh Labour and Human Resources Minister Saeed Ghani has offered to mediate in the dispute over the appointment of the mayor of Karachi between his party, the Pakistan Peoples Party, and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) if the latter’s candidate for the position, Hafiz Naeem Ur Rehman, agrees to serve as the deputy mayor.

During Ghani’s media appearance in Karachi, a question was posed that prompted the idea. If Naeem accepts the offered position, the minister offered to sincerely convince his party’s senior leadership to accept him, stating that PPP wanted to work with all political parties that had gained seats in the city’s local elections to run Karachi’s affairs.

Following the LG elections, PPP has grown to be the only party with 155 members, including the reserved seats, in the 367-member assembly.

No party now holds a simple majority of 179 votes in the house, the number required to decide who will take the coveted position of mayor of the port city. According to the most recent data, there are 175 members combined between the PPP, Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F).

In contrast, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) won a total of 63 seats, making the JI the second-largest party with a total of 130 seats, including reserved seats. There are currently 193 members of the two parties’ alliance.

However, the PPP has been asserting that a “jiyala” will run the metropolis this time and has chosen an unelected candidate, Murtaza Wahab, for the position of Karachi mayor despite the alliance’s apparent numerical advantage.

The date of the elections to fill the position of mayor of Karachi is set on June 15.

Speaking to the media on Saturday, Ghani claimed that Naeem, who is also the Karachi emir of JI, has begun to admit loss in the approaching mayoral race after seeing he lacks the public’s backing.

The president of the PPP in Karachi advised Naeem to report how many newly elected local government representatives from his own party and the PTI had attended the event at Idara Noor-e-Haq.