Sindh: Millions Are Denied the Right to Vote
Former speaker of the Sindh Assembly, Hussain Haroon, has demanded restoration of the old voter lists, believing new lists to be a calculated effort by the government to deprive millions of their right to vote.
Below is an article written by Imtaiz Hussain and published by The News International:
Former speaker of the Sindh Assembly, Hussain Haroon, on Wednesday [20 June 2007] demanded the restoration of old voters list and cancellation of fresh electoral rolls.
Addressing the Khairpur Bar Association and later talking to the reporters here, he condemned the government for deliberately preparing "bogus voters lists" wherein, according to him, more than 7 million people from Sindh were not registered.
He said that it was a calculated effort on the part of the government to deprive millions of people from using their right to vote.
"The Election Commission of Pakistan should hold the coming elections on the basis of old electoral lists."
Hussain said he had no desire for power sharing or any plan to make his own political party rather he was visiting the interior Sindh for sharing his views on the burning issues of Sindh with the people of Sindh so as the motherland could be saved from destructive decisions of the rulers.
He said the reference against the chief justice was a response to the privatisation of Steal Mills case, his suo motu actions on the issue of missing persons.
He said almost 48 per cent of the assets of Sindh were sold out to foreign companies. He condemned the selling of Sindh's twin islands to foreign interests, saying it would be a grave injustice to the 10,000 fishermen who live there.
He disclosed that approximately one million acres of Sindh's agricultural land was already distributed amongst the generals whereas Sindh has some 600,000 of youth unemployed and ignored at all levels.