PTI Launches Nationwide Protests Over Alleged Election Rigging

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has launched a series of protests across the country in response to alleged election rigging and manipulation of results in the February 8 polls. PTI supporters and activists took to the streets on Sunday, staging rallies in Rawalpindi and protests in Karachi, Kandhkot, Tank, and other cities.

The PTI, whose candidates contested the polls as independents and later joined the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), emerged as the single largest winning group in the general elections. However, the party has raised serious allegations of rigging and manipulation of election results, specifically through alterations in Form 47s. These allegations have led to numerous demonstrations both inside and outside the parliament.

Imran Khan, the incarcerated founder of PTI, has written to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), requesting an audit of the February 8 polls. This move underscores the seriousness of the party’s allegations and its determination to seek international intervention.

In Lahore, authorities deployed a heavy police contingent on Mall Road and other areas to maintain law and order in the wake of the protests. Several PTI workers were arrested from GPO Chowk. Similarly, in Karachi, police and Sindh Rangers personnel were stationed in front of the Korangi Deputy Commissioner’s office in anticipation of protests.

In Rawalpindi, a demonstration rally led by Seemabia Tahir was barred from entering the city via the Khanna Pul route, leading to a standoff between PTI workers and the police. Some party workers were apprehended but were later released by Tahir.

In Tank, PTI workers organized a rally from Sabir Bazaar to Town Hall ground. Protests and demonstrations were also held in Faisalabad, Vehari, Khushab, Islamabad, Multan, Gujranwala, and other cities, indicating the widespread nature of the PTI’s protest movement.

The PTI’s nationwide protests reflect the party’s dissatisfaction with the election results and its commitment to challenging the alleged rigging. The situation remains fluid, with further protests likely in the coming days.

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