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Former Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s social gathering reiterates demand for CEC’s resignation over alleged ballot rigging

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Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. File
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Jailed former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s social gathering on June 23 reiterated its demand for Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja’s fast resignation for failing to carry “free and fair” elections and protested towards the “injustices” being dedicated towards the social gathering, in accordance with media stories.

“Leaders of 71-year-old Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, along with other National Assembly members, led a protest rally from the Parliament to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on the Constitution Avenue in Islamabad,” The Express Tribune newspaper reported.

Led by Leader of Opposition and social gathering chief Omar Ayub, the protesters demanded the resignation of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Raja and election fee members for alleged ballot rigging.

The controversial February 8 basic elections in Pakistan have been marred with huge rigging allegations. During the rally, Mr. Ayub known as for the fast resignation of CEC Raja and different members of the ECP, alleging that the one job of the Election Commission was to conduct clear and clear polls, but it surely didn’t fulfil its constitutional obligation, The News International newspaper reported.

“The protesters were stopped from reaching the electoral body’s central office, as large contingents of security personnel were deployed outside the ECP building,” the report stated. Slogans have been additionally chanted for the discharge of social gathering founder and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan.

Mr. Khan has been incarcerated within the high-security Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi since September final 12 months. He was shifted to this jail from the District Jail Attock, the place he had been lodged after his arrest on August 5, 2023, following his conviction within the Toshakhana case.

Addressing the rally, PTI chairman Barrister Gohar Khan stated, “The doors of courts have been closed on Opposition leaders; our women are in jail, and history will remember them.” He stated that it was a matter of remorse that each one the Parliamentarians have been popping out on the streets and protesting for the discharge of PTI founder Khan,” the report stated.

“Today, we have come out against this injustice. Our voice is not being heard in this House (Parliament). Whatever we said in the House, our voice was silenced. We want the women’s release. This is a clear violation of human rights,” he stated.

Addressing the protesters, the social gathering’s central chief, Asad Qaiser, stated, “On May 9, we were targeted on the pretext that we are not negotiating with anyone. Our voice is not heard in Parliament, which amounts to our gross abuse.”

After the controversial basic elections, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Peoples Party fashioned a coalition authorities after intense negotiations following a fractured ballot verdict. Independent candidates – a majority backed by the PTI social gathering – received 93 of the 265 National Assembly seats contested within the February 8 election.

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