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May 16, 2013

PTI, MQM, JI anti-rigging protests continue

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AFP
May 16, 2013

KARACHI: Ongoing sit-ins and protests of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) against alleged rigging in general elections in Lahore and Karachi entered the fourth day on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the MQM and JI also continued their protests against alleged rigging in Karachi.
The PTI has also been protesting in Karachi, calling for re-election in the city under the Army.Dozens of PTI workers have been camping at Lalik Chowk in the Defence area, Lahore, since May 12 in protest against rigging in NA-122 and NA-125 constituencies.
The participants are demanded that ECP should take notice of the ‘stealing’ of their mandate and order recounting in the constituencies. The PTI says that PML-N candidates influenced election results and turned PTI victory into defeat in collaboration with government machinery.
On Tuesday, the party decided to limit the 24-hour protest to two hours.Senior PTI leader Hamid Khan announced it in Lahore, saying that PTI would now hold sit-in from 6:00pm to 8:00pm daily in the city.
Meanwhile, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Wednesday continued with its sit-in outside the Election Commission, Karachi demanding re-polling in NA-250.The sit-in started Tuesday night in which hundreds of MQM workers, including women, gathered outside the ECP office, holding banners and placards and chanting slogans against the election authorities for alleged rigging in the constituency.
Addressing the protesters, MQM chief Altaf Hussain said that none would be allowed to snatch the mandate of the MQM.He urged Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (R) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim not to create rifts by ordering re-elections in some polling stations of NA-250, and asked him to conduct re-voting under Pakistan Army in the entire constituency.Altaf Hussain said the number of sit-in participants would ramp up gradually with the passage of time.
Online adds: Meanwhile, the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) staged protest demonstration against irregularities in election

and urged the Election Commission to hold re-election in Karachi.
Addressing participants of a sit-in attended by a large number of man and women near Numaish Chowrangi, JI leaders Muhammad Hussain Mehnti, Assadullah Bhutto and Miraul Huda Siddiqui demanded of the ECP to carry out re-polling in Karachi.
Mehnti said that the Jamaat boycotted the election to save the city from bloodshed and to expose Thappa mafia.