Controversy has erupted over Pakistan elections after ECP stopped releasing results for several hours. Security agencies reportedly took control of the offices of returning officers on election day and confiscated result records. PTI said that a systematic rigging was carried out to install puppet rule in the country.
More than thirty applications from independent candidates supported by the party of imprisoned former prime minister Imran Khan were denied by a Pakistani court on Tuesday. Top PML-N figures, including former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz, were accused of staging a “sham victory” in the petition.
The Lahore High Court on February 8 allowed the defeated Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party-backed candidates to approach the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for redressal of their grievances, including alleged vote rigging, while dismissing the petitions. Asked for.
PTI’s Dr Yasmin Rashid termed the respondents’ victory on this basis as a “sham”. Who contested elections against Nawaz Sharif and claimed victory on NA-130 seat of Lahore.
Justice Ali Bakar Najafi of the Lahore High Court said, “In another case the Supreme Court clearly ruled that the extraordinary jurisdiction of the High Court cannot be reduced to the ordinary jurisdiction of the High Court, because there are disputed questions of facts. cannot be resolved.”
He ruled, “If no ordinary remedy is available, the extraordinary remedy of constitutional jurisdiction may be invoked.” The court dismissed the petitions directing the petitioners to approach the ECP for redressal of their grievances.
#PAKWatch🇵🇰: Even though it appears that Imran Khan and the PTI party had a runaway electoral victory, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is working overtime to rig the results and remove Captain Pakistan from the picture. pic.twitter.com/LMd3POYbno— Steve Hanke (@steve_hanke) February 9, 2024
Amidst allegations of vote rigging, top PTI lawyer Sardar Latif Khosa claimed that his party had won 170 seats in the National Assembly. “PTI was denied over 80 NA seats by extraordinary manipulation in order to keep the party from forming the government in Islamabad with a two-thirds majority.,” he stated. PTI, he said, was ready to fight back in court and recover its “usurped” seats.
Controversy has erupted over Pakistan elections after ECP stopped releasing results for several hours. Security agencies reportedly took control of the offices of returning officers on election day and confiscated result records. PTI said that a systematic rigging was carried out to install “puppet rule” in the country.