ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) employees and supporters on Sunday initiated protests in varied cities throughout the nation in opposition to alleged “rigging in the general election” held on Feb 8.
PTI employees blocked the Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway in persevering with protest in opposition to what they known as rigging within the normal elections in Peshawar.
Numerous PTI employees and supporters gathered on the Motorway toll plaza, blocking the highway to all vehicular site visitors from midday till Sunday evening.
The PTI employees have been protesting for the third consecutive day in opposition to alleged rigging on eight Provincial and one Nationwide Meeting seats within the elections.
The sit-in was ongoing on the time of submitting this report.
Arrests in Punjab
In Punjab, PTI initially deliberate “peaceful” professionalcheck demonstrations in opposition to “massive rigging post-polling” throughout main cities however cancelled a few of them hours earlier than the scheduled time, citing fears of “a false flag operation”.
Nonetheless, protests happened in a number of cities throughout the province, together with Lahore, the place police arrested dozens of PTI supporters who reached the protest venues.
In Rahim Yar Khan, police reportedly raided the residences of seven PTI-backed unbiased candidates who gained their seats on Feb 8, allegedly to coerce them into becoming a member of PML-N, based on native PTI management.
Sindh protests escalate
Political events throughout Sindh continued their protests in opposition to alleged rigging for the second consecutive day as Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) blocked highway hyperlinks within the province, Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) staged sit-ins in several elements of Karachi, and PTI once more held an illustration exterior ECP Sindh’s headquarters within the metropolis.
Staff and leaders of JUI-F blocked the freeway connecting Sindh and Balochistan, alleging that the Feb Eight polls’ outcomes had been manipulated in favour of the Pakistan Peoples Occasion. They warned of continuous the protest indefinitely.
In Karachi, JI staged sit-ins at eight key intersections, demanding the ECP to declare the “fake results” of the overall elections null and void. JI Karachi chief Hafiz Naeemur Rehman, addressing one of many sit-ins, vowed to proceed the “struggle against fascism” and stated that the JI rejected the faux mandate.
Numerous PTI employees gathered exterior ECP Sindh’s headquarters to register their protest. PTI chief Khurram Sher Zaman, addressing the employees, urged them to stay calm and peaceable whereas struggling for his or her constitutional rights.
“I appeal to you to stay peaceful and not get provoked because there’s a conspiracy to put you against our law enforcement agencies and create a law and order situation,” he stated.
“I assure you that your mandate isn’t going anywhere. You will regain that mandate. We will go to the courts and fight a legal battle. We have made our preparations, and we are confident that we will win back each and every Karachi constituency.”
Revealed in Daybreak, February 12th, 2024