Municipal By-elections: Jamaat-e-Islami accuses election staff and police of bias

Karachi: During the municipal by-elections, Jamaat-e-Islami has accused election staff and police of bias, as their workers confronted workers from the Pakistan Peoples Party outside polling stations in two areas.

According to details, there was disorder in UC-13 New Karachi in Town Ward 1, where Jamaat-e-Islami’s polling agents alleged that the Pakistan Peoples Party was involved in rigging.

A spokesman for Jamaat-e-Islami said that the election staff had sealed the ballot boxes before 8:00 pm, and workers from the Pakistan Peoples Party were already present inside the polling station. The spokesman said that the ballot boxes were sealed without Jamaat-e-Islami’s polling agents.

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Regarding the issue of sealing of the ballot boxes, a fight broke out between supporters of the Pakistan Peoples Party and Jamaat-e-Islami outside a polling station in Rashidabad UC-13, in which one person was injured. The JI spokesperson accused the Pakistan Peoples Party of attempting to rig the election.

In the polling station of New Karachi Town, bitter words were exchanged after the ballot boxes were sealed early, and one person was injured. Jamaat-e-Islami accused the election staff and police of killing their workers in the presence of police. However, PPP candidate Shahzeb Staiti denied this and said that no PPP worker was involved in violence.

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In another incident during the municipal by-elections, at polling station number 5 in Liaquatabad Colony UC-2, a scuffle broke out between workers of the Pakistan Peoples Party and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan over allegations of rigging.

Abdul Rehman

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