Gilgit Baltistan Election 2020: Fazlur Rehman accuses PTI govt of pre-poll rigging

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DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Pakistan Democratic Moment (PDM) chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman has accused the PTI government of pre-poll rigging in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and said the election results were being prepared in advance.

“The fake government has drawn up a pre-poll rigging plan in Gilgit-Baltistan. The political bribes are being doled out for that,” said the JUI-F ameer, while speaking at a news conference here on Friday.

He alleged that wheat was being distributed in a large number of trucks, which carried banners with the portraits of Prime Minister Imran Khan. The PDM chief said various tactics were being employed to ensure the win for the ruling PTI in the election.

Fazl claimed that the Election Commission and the state agencies were not performing their assigned duties.

The PDM chief said the PTI government was hiding behind the coronavirus pandemic, adding that the opposition alliance would go ahead with its planned public meetings. “If the coronavirus did not spread when the [PTI] arranged public meetings at Swat, Turbat and Hafizabad, it would not when the PDM holds gatherings in Peshawar, Multan and Lahore,” he asserted.

Karachi incident

The JUI chief said the inquiry report issued recently had though named the officials who were involved in the Karachi incident but said all the episode was astonishing, adding institutions whose own members were involved in the incident had probed the matter.

Demands fresh election

Referring to the interviews given by the Bilawal Zardari and Maryam Nawaz, he said there could be a difference in the interpretations of the two interviews of the heads of the two component parties of the Opposition alliance. But, he said, there was unanimity in the PDM over the fact that July 25, 2018 election was rigged and the civil and military establishment was responsible for that.

“We will talk to those responsible for this, not this fake government,” he argued.

The Maulana said they wanted to make the institutions realise that they should not take part in politics as this leads to a crisis in the country.

“Pakistan relations with the close friends such as Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirate have gone soar,” he said while elaborating on his statement. He said price-hike and corruption are at their peak and the people are sick of this “fake” government. He said a man who could not improve his way of addressing others, how he could bring about a tabdeeli (change).

He said there would be no change if Prime Minister Imran Khan was removed from his office. “Fresh election is the need of the hour,” he went on to add. 

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