PTI Plans March 30 Protest in Islamabad Over ‘Electoral Rigging’

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the former ruling party, has announced plans to stage public rallies in Islamabad and Karachi as a protest against alleged rigging during the general elections held on February 8. The party, founded by Imran Khan, claims that the current government, led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, was formed by stealing PTI’s 180 seats.

The PTI has expressed concerns over post-poll result manipulations and deviations from the Constitution. They believe that the election results were altered in Form 47s to favor the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

In a recent PTI core committee meeting, the party decided to celebrate Pakistan Day with national zeal and fervor. The nation will celebrate Pakistan Day with a renewed pledge to work hard for the country’s progress and stability.

The PTI had previously sought permission from the Islamabad Deputy Commissioner’s Office to stage a peaceful public rally in the federal capital. However, after the city administration did not respond to the party’s request, the PTI moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking permission for the rally.

The party plans to stage a protest rally against the alleged election rigging in the federal capital on the last day of this month. Ahead of the public rally in Islamabad, the PTI will hold a press briefing on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) package and its claimed negative impacts on the masses and the economy on March 25.

Pakistan’s standby $3 billion arrangement with the IMF is set to expire on April 11. The two sides have reached a staff-level agreement regarding the disbursal of the final tranche of $1.1 billion earlier this week. Pakistan will discuss an Extended Fund Facility (EFF) with the IMF in Washington next month. The fund has advised Pakistan to increase revenue generation.

In addition to the rally in Islamabad, the PTI will also hold a public rally in Karachi on April 21. The party reiterated its demand for a comprehensive investigation into the alleged “worst rigging” in the elections.

The PTI also discussed Pakistan’s former ambassador Asad Majeed’s response to the statement issued by United States Assistant Secretary of State Donald Lu, Senate elections, and other matters.

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