Clashes broke out between supporters of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) outside the Arts Council of Pakistan in Karachi after the PPP’s Barrister Murtaza Wahab won the mayoral elections. Footage showed large crowds throwing stones at each other and at security personnel. Unofficial results suggest that Wahab won with 173 votes, while the JI’s Hafiz Naeemur Rehman came second. The PPP celebrated their victory, while JI criticized the elections, claiming that elected representatives had been abducted and votes bought. The JI leader accused the Election Commission of Pakistan and the Sindh government of being involved in the irregularities. The voting process itself was initially peaceful until the unofficial results were announced. The PPP lacks a simple majority but is the largest party in the City Council. The JI and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have a combined strength of 192. Some PTI members are in prison and have not taken their oath as Union Corporation (UC) chairmen. If the dissenting PTI members abstain from voting, it would benefit the PPP. If no party wins a simple majority, the candidate with the highest number of votes will be declared the winner. The JI has accused the PPP of pressuring PTI members through detentions and false cases.
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