Islamabad: Former President and Co-Chairman Pakistan People’s Party Asif Ali Zardari said on Sunday that nation has witnessed massive rigging in KPK elections yesterday.
He also demanded Election Commission of Pakistan to take action against PTI Chairman Imran Khan and KPK Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak for presiding over such rigged elections in KPK. He also condemned the arrest of ANP General Secretary Mian Iftikhar Hussain and PPP’s former minister Liaqat Shabab.
In a statement, he said that rigging was apparent in several areas in KPK local government elections. He said that PTI led-government in KPK resorted to pre-poll rigging and two days before elections former PPP Minister Liaqat Shabab was arrested which is an example of pre-poll rigging.
He said that not in history of KPK province such incidents of violence have taken place on election day. He said that how these elections can be called fair and free when violence marred polls across KPK in which according to news reports 8 people lost their lives and over 80 have been reported injured.
Media has shown incidents of massive rigging all over KPK. Former President strongly condemned arrest of senior politicians and General Secretary Awami National Party Mian Iftikhar Hussain on fake charges. He said that this arrest shows the PTI Government is bent upon victimizing political opponents. He demanded immediate release of Mian Iftikhar Hussain, former Provincial Minister Liaqat Shabab and immediate withdrawal of cases against them.