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Chief of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Sirajul Haq, has denounced the recent election results as being marred by extensive rigging, insisting on the resignation of the chief election commissioner and the establishment of an independent commission to thoroughly investigate the electoral process.
Addressing reporters at a press conference held in Mansoorah on Saturday, he emphasized the substantial manipulation of the people’s mandate in Karachi in favor of the MQM, despite purportedly impartial surveys indicating a tight contest between JI and PTI-supported candidates.
Issuing a stern warning to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to rectify the discrepancies or face widespread protests, he encouraged independent candidates to join JI’s demonstrations, hinting at potential escalation to the ECP headquarters in Islamabad if their demands remain unmet.
Expressing dismay over apparent rigging in Punjab in favor of the PML-N, Haq argued that the election results were tampered with, casting doubt on the legitimacy of the government formed under such circumstances.
He lambasted the ECP for its failure to uphold its constitutional duty of ensuring free and fair elections, noting the constitutional deadline for general elections in 2023, which the ECP allegedly failed to meet.
Furthermore, Haq raised concerns regarding the shutdown of internet and mobile services on Election Day, the delayed announcement of official results, and the absence of a level playing field for all candidates. He cautioned that the flawed 2024 elections reflected historical trends, warning of heightened polarization.
Despite conceding defeat in his own constituency, Haq extended congratulations to the victorious candidate, pledging JI’s ongoing commitment to advocating for the people’s rights and the establishment of justice and the rule of law. He commended JI candidates and supporters for their dedication during the election campaign and expressed gratitude to the voters for their trust in JI.
Haq disclosed plans to visit Karachi to engage with residents and party members, devising a strategy for future protests.