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Pakistan political parties reject election Results, demand judicial intervention

2024-02-10
Pakistan political parties reject election Results, demand judicial intervention

Major political parties in Pakistan, including the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), and Tehreek Labbaik Pakistan, have rejected the results of the February 8 polls, blaming the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for its alleged 'failure' and the delayed announcement of results.

 

 These parties, excluding the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), criticized the ECP for an 'engineered' outcome, demanding intervention from the judiciary to address what they perceive as a 'grave violation of the Constitution.'

 

 The JI announced plans for a protest campaign, while the GDA vowed a strong reaction after consulting party leadership, accusing the ECP of favoring a 'blue-eyed party.'

 

 The PTI denounced the results as a 'mockery of democracy,' highlighting discrepancies in announced figures compared to official forms, and warned of potential damage to democracy and disillusionment among voters.

 

The Markazi Muslim League and TLP also rejected the results, questioning the ECP and caretaker government's performance in ensuring a free and fair electoral process.