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Karachi’s upcoming local elections dominate social media

Upcoming local elections in Pakistan’s largest city and commercial and business capital of Karachi have been dominating social media in recent days, especially Twitter.

The microblogging site is also being used by members of civil society and party activists to post their views regarding their candidates in the election scheduled for December 5.

For instance, it was on Twitter where a photograph of an election banner of a candidate of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) featuring Salmaan Taseer’s convicted killer Mumtaz Qadri was first posted. The photograph went on to become viral and put pressure on the JI to explain how Mr Qadri had appeared on the election banner of one of their party’s candidates.

JI election poster

An election poster of a candidate of the Jamaat-e-Islami featuring a picture of Mumtaz Qadri

A local spokesman of the JI was quoted in a daily newspaper as saying that candidates were free to include photographs of individuals in their election banners and that those included had done service in the cause of Islam.

All major political parties, barring the PML-N which has very little presence in Karachi in terms of electoral strength, have been active on social media. These include the Jamaat-e-Islami and even the ASWJ, both of whom have been using

 

 

 

Interestingly, some surprising photographs have also been posted of activities related to the local elections in Karachi. One, for example, shows members of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat addressing a local corner meeting and behind them is a banner with photographs of ASWJ as well as PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. (See below)

Karachi local elections

A corner meeting where members of the ASWJ are speaking, in front of a banner featuring the group’s leaders as well as PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

The PPP has been busy holding corner meetings in the city as well and is posting their details on social media.  

 

One post on Twitter, presumably by a PPP supporter, was a photograph of a PTI-JI election banner which promised a “free Android tablet” to students in case the parties prevailed in the election.

PTI-JI

 

Mixed reaction on Twitter  

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