PTI, GDA discuss Sindh LG polls, other issues

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) leadership on Saturday held a meeting at the residence of Syed Ali Zaidi in Karachi, in which they discussed different political issues, including challenging the process of conducting local government (LG) polls in Sindh.

GDA’s parliamentary leader in Sindh Assembly Barrister Hasnain Mirza and PTI MPAs Firdous Shamim Naqvi and Bilal Ghaffar were also present.

When contacted, Barrister Hasnain Ali Mirza, a GDA MPA from Badin and elder son of Zulfiqar Mirza, said that the meeting between them remained constructive and productive, and leaders of both the parties agreed on a number of points. “Like GDA’s stance on the wrong process being adopted by the PPP government in Sindh, the PTI leaders also showed their reservation over the unconstitutional steps being taken by the Sindh government in a move to rig the LG polls,” he said.

Barrister Mirza said that both parties also agreed that the process of holding LG polls in different divisions of the province was against the ruling of the Supreme Court, adding that they had already challenged it in court. He said the PTI leaders also decided to file a petition against the flawed and highly controversial process in the court.

Barrister Mirza said that GDA leaders had extended their full support to Ali Zaidi and other PTI leaders and lawmakers with regard to the current political situation in the country.

Hanif Samoon is a senior journalist based at Thar/Badin and contributes reports from different districts of Sindh to Minute Mirror. He has won a number of awards, including the Agahi Award twice for his stories on health and child rights. He tweets @HanifSamoon1 and can be reached through email at