Former mayor- a safe contestant for the best one in the history of Karachi and a very senior member of Jamat-e-Islami, Naimatullah Khan, has perhaps a quite categorical claim for the sector NA-250 he’s contesting for. To add, it is claimed that he was also shortlisted for the World Mayor of the Year owing to his remarkable achievements but had to resign before completing his tenure, and therefore could not contest for the title.
In order to bring out for our people why should they vote or not vote for him this time, we conducted his exclusive interview, pertinent to his election campaign and his ideals for serving once he’s elected.
1)How do you evaluate your chances against Khush Bakht Shujaat, considering she won the last time?
Naimatullah Khan: Last time, I never stood from the sector-we had boycotted the elections- so it can’t be claimed that I lost against her. Hence I’m not threatened by anyone and hopefully this time Inshallah, we will have our win.
2) With an excellent record of your reign as the mayor of Karachi,which achievements would you like to highlight now?
Naimatullah Khan: I believe my achievements as Karachi’s mayor especially in terms of governance and development are unparalleled. My sincere and relentless efforts to improve the infrastructure of Karachi by passing18 flyovers, several underpasses,the water supply scheme and uncountable developmental projects need no reminders.
3) What do you plan to do for your area if you win?
Naimatullah Khan:Inshallah when I win, the top-priority task for me would be to restore the law and order of the area. There can be nothing more important than the safety and security of our people- their lives and properties which have been cheaper than anything for quite a while now. And so I’ll be on it.
Q4) How do you plan to do away with the menace of weaponisation and terrorism?
Naimatullah Khan: In order to rid a place of weapons and terrorists, the culprits should be caught and brought to justice, so the rest fear when they even think of attempting it.
And even though I don’t claim, I’d root out terrorism and corruption completely, but when there’s a sincere person on the top, it naturally follows that such evils are reduced to the least.
Naimatullah Khan: As far as the developmental projects are concerned in my reign as a mayor, I had almost completed the lease of housing residents of Kachie Abadi by granting them the blessing of their home for only Rs 2 per yard . However, since I could not complete my tenure,this work went in the pipeline. And it’s something I’d still undertake to any extent I can, if I’m elected .
Q6) Since ‘bringing about change’ is everyone’s agenda these days, what’s your ideology of bringing that much needed change?
Ans) Our Book is the tenets of our ideology and the much-talked change can only possibly come by adhering to the ideals of Islam. You can safely say, Islam is our political philosophy as well.
6) Do you think elections will be fair this time?
Ans) It depends on the authorities like ECP, Police, Rangers and other government agencies to act neutral and responsible. And to assert- army should be deployed on polling booths to avoid forgery and deceit.