KARACHI: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) and Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) on Sunday separately staged a protest outside Election Commission of Pakistan office in Karachi against alleged rigging in 2013 general elections.
The activists of both parties gathered in large number outside ECP office and chanted slogans against alleged rigging in the general elections. Several women and children took part in the protest.
Although both parties set separate stages to register their protest but leaders of both parties visit other’s stage to address activists of both parties.
Speaking on the occasion, JI Karachi Chief Hafiz Naeemur Rehman said that the elections in 2013 were rigged and it was just a fraudulent practice in the city to fool people.
He demanded of all parties to unite against political groups who rigged the last elections and use single platform to challenger their wrongdoings. The JI chief urged his party activists to prepare themselves for the next general elections.
Naeem demanded of government to hold re-election in Karachi and deploy armed forces personnel inside the polling booths to hold free and fair elections.
Former JI leader Mohammad Husain Mehanti said that election commission itself admitted to not conducting free and fair election in Karachi. “We staged a protest on the election day and are still protesting against the election rigging,” he said.
He said protests were held in every nock and corner of the country against rigging in the elections. “PTI, Pakistan Awami Tehrik and other parties are protesting over these fake elections,” he said.
He said that despite proofs regarding fake thumbprints, the election commission and election tribunals had failed to take action against these discrepancies.
Addressing PTI supporters, PTI MPA Khurram Sher Zaman said that they would not let anyone to victimize and unleash false propaganda against Imran Khan.
He said that PTI was calling for voters verification in four constituencies and if this process is not held, then the government would be forced to hold voters verification in 65 constituencies in the country.
Another PTI MPA Hafeezuddin said that for the first time, ladies and youth came out to vote in the elections but right to choose their leaders was denied through rigging.
He said that Sindh and federal governments were involved in corruption and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government was the only one which initiated accountability process.
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