ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Pakistan Peoples Party, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal and other political parties, aligned against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, are staging a protest outside Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) office in Islamabad today.
The protest is being attended by the leadership of the parties like-minded parties and will be headed by PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif who is set to join it shortly.
Members of the anti-PTI alliance began gathering outside the ECP office afternoon, where they are protesting against the alleged rigging of the recently-held elections.
PPP leader Sherry Rehman, speaking to reporters on the occasion, said it was necessary to remain peaceful and demanded resignation from the ECP officials.
“We will go to the Parliament and unite political parties,” she vowed.
PML-N’s Raja Zafarul Haq claimed the election results did not reflect the voters’ choice.
“We want to tell the world that the public rejects [these] elections. We are united on this matter,” he said, adding that the ECP was not allowed to fulfil its duty.
‘Opposition has right to hold peaceful protest’
Commenting on the developments in the federal capital, PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi said opposition parties have the right to stage a peaceful protest.
“We are not afraid at all. [The opposition] can request to open any constituency and examine the record, which is safe with ECP,” he said.
The PTI leader claimed that re-tabulation in more than thirty constituencies has already taken place but the opposition has not gained anything from the exercise. “It is but the opposition’s right to request recount,” he said.
‘Ready to cooperate with protestors’
PTI spokesperson Naeem-ul-Haque said the government was ready to cooperate if protestors wanted to resolve the matter.
“The system installed by Election Commission of Pakistan is exceedingly faulty and needs to be overhauled,” he said. “We will improve the system so the future elections can be conducted with ease and nobody gets a chance to complain.”
Meanwhile, the Islamabad police have devised a security plan in view of the protest, under which only members of the Parliament were to be allowed to walk up to the ECP office.
Workers of political parties would not be allowed to enter into the Red Zone under the security plan.