Sharjeel Inam Memon a prominent leader of PPP expressed strong reservations regarding the recent delimitation of national and provincial assembly constituencies conducted by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). Addressing the media in Karachi, Memon emphasized that the PPP is actively pursuing constitutional avenues to challenge the delimitation process, a move that comes in anticipation of the upcoming general elections scheduled for February 8, 2024.
During the press conference, Memon passionately declared the party’s commitment to ensuring the integrity of the electoral process, vehemently asserting, “No one will be allowed to rig [the election], we will fight against rigging.” This resolute stance reflects the PPP’s dedication to a fair and transparent democratic exercise as they gear up for the crucial polls.
The ECP recently finalized the delimitation of constituencies for the national and four provincial assemblies, setting the stage for the imminent announcement of the election schedule, expected in the first week of December. Despite initial speculations of a delay in the general polls, the ECP’s decisive actions have dispelled any uncertainties, bringing the political landscape into sharper focus.
In response to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s (MQM-P) demand for constituencies aligned with their preferences, Memon asserted that if they insist, they should consider abstaining from the election and directly engaging with the government. Additionally, he downplayed the impact of the alliance between MQM-P and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) against the PPP in Sindh, characterizing it as “equal to zero plus zero” in terms of political efficacy.
Despite acknowledging political differences, Memon urged for a politics of unity, emphasizing, “We do not want politics of hatred. We all have to forget all hatred and sit together.” However, he warned that any party speaking against the PPP would receive a robust response.
Taking a swipe at the PML-N for its Lahore-centric approach, Memon contrasted the PPP’s national representation, asserting that the party transcends regional constraints. He questioned the PML-N’s record of development outside Lahore, suggesting that practical accomplishments, not mere rhetoric, contribute to a nation’s progress.
In a more optimistic tone, Memon claimed that the PPP embodies the people’s hope, positioning itself as a beacon of optimism. He confidently stated, “PPP is people’s hope. The party will participate in the elections with people’s support and become a majority party,” reflecting the party’s aspirations for electoral success and popular endorsement.
As the political landscape in Pakistan undergoes dynamic shifts and alliances, the PPP, under the leadership of Sharjeel Inam Memon, stands resolute in its commitment to democratic principles and fair electoral practices. The upcoming general elections promise to be a battleground where parties vie for public trust, and the PPP, according to Memon, is poised to emerge as the people’s choice.