ECP disqualifies Karachi deputy mayor for jumping ship to PSP

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KARACHI: Deputy Mayor Karachi Arshad Vohra was disqualified by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for switching loyalties after getting elected chairman of union council, on Wednesday.

Deputy Mayor Karachi Arshad Vohra was elected chairman of union council 49 on the ticket of the Muttahida Quami Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P).

However, after becoming deputy mayor, he had joined the Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) led by former Karachi mayor Syed Mustafa Kamal.

The MQM-P had filed a petition seeking Vohra’s disqualification. During the last hearing of the case, the ECP chairman had reserved his judgment on the case.

The MQM-P representatives were elated at the decision and said that switching loyalties would not so easy after the verdict.

“This decision is a triumph of truth and righteousness,” said MQM-P senator Mian Attique. “Floor crossing will not be an easy task from now on.”

Attique said that the next deputy mayor of Karachi would be someone who was from the city and would belong to the MQM-P.

On the other hand, Arshad Vohra’s legal representative said that he had been nominated for the post of deputy mayor by MQM-London.

“He had left the MQM-P due to the party’s treason,” he said.

Vohra, an industrialist and a former chairman of SITE Association, was elected MPA from the PS-115 constituency before he won the local government election.