Pakistan: PTI Calls Nationwide Protest Over Alleged Election Rigging

Asma Ahmed - | World

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, under the leadership of the imprisoned former Prime Minister Imran Khan, has announced its intention to stage a nationwide protest against the alleged rigging that prevented their return to power in the February 8 elections.

Following a meeting with Imran Khan at the high-security Adiala jail in Rawalpindi, Omar Ayub, the party's Secretary-General and prime ministerial candidate, reiterated the party's claims of widespread election rigging. Ayub emphasized that the PTI's seats were unfairly taken away, asserting that the people had bestowed their mandate upon the former PTI chairman.

In response to the alleged rigging, Ayub declared that PTI would join forces with other political parties in organizing nationwide protests to highlight the perceived injustices. He stated the party's commitment to pursuing legal avenues and participating in assemblies across the country to address the issue. Ayub underscored the importance of truth in their struggle, revealing the party's nominations for the positions of National Assembly speaker and deputy speaker, which included Amir Dogar and Junaid Khan, respectively.

Furthermore, PTI's central leader, Sher Afzal Marwat, addressed the media outside Adiala jail, conveying Imran Khan's call for nationwide protests on March 2 against the alleged election rigging. Marwat's statement amplifies the party's resolve to challenge the electoral outcome and assert its mandate through peaceful demonstrations and legal recourse.

Overall, PTI's announcement of nationwide protests and legal actions underscores its unwavering stance against what it perceives as unfair electoral practices. By mobilizing public support and engaging in legal battles, the party seeks to ensure transparency and accountability in the electoral process while advocating for the protection of democratic principles in Pakistan.

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