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PTI Calls for Public Release of EU’s Report on February 8 Elections

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), a major political party in Pakistan, has urged for the public release of the European Union’s (EU) report on the general elections held on February 8. This demand was made by PTI spokesperson Raoof Hasan during a press conference in Islamabad.

Hasan emphasized the significance of the EU report, describing it as "very sensitive and important". He recalled the EU delegation’s visit to Pakistan prior to the elections and stated that the EU has confirmed the handover of its report on the country’s general elections to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

This call for transparency comes amidst repeated complaints from the PTI about alleged widespread rigging and manipulation of election results in the recent general elections. The party claims that its mandate was "stolen".

Imran Khan, the founder of the former ruling party, had written to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) requesting an audit of the election results before any new loan approval for Islamabad. However, the IMF declined this request, citing its “narrow mandate on economic issues” and stating that it does not comment on domestic political developments.

In the aftermath of the February 8 polls, Peter Stano, the EU’s Lead Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, expressed concerns about the election process. He criticized the “lack of a level playing field” due to the inability of some political actors to participate in the elections, restrictions on freedom of assembly and expression, both online and offline, limited access to the internet, and allegations of severe interference in the electoral process, including the arrests of political activists.

Stano also urged the relevant authorities to conduct a timely and comprehensive investigation of all reported election irregularities and to implement the recommendations of the Election Expert Mission report.

The EU was not the only entity to express concerns about the elections. Both the United States and the United Kingdom have voiced concerns about the “restricted” election environment, followed by allegations of irregularities and interference in the polling process.

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