PTI plans street protests post-Eid, alleges ecp bias

By Asif Ali Awan

| Published Apr 03, 2024 | 09:18 a.m.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Asad Qaiser declared that the party's core committee has finalized plans to stage street protests following Eidul Fitr, starting with a rally in Pishin, Balochistan, on April 13. 

Speaking on News' KHABAR show with Meher Bukhari, Qaiser disclosed that another committee meeting is scheduled for April 12 to iron out details for nationwide demonstrations. 

PTI has engaged in discussions with several political entities, i

ncluding Sunni Ittehad Council, Majlis-e-Wadhat-e-Muslimeen (MWM), Mahmood Khan Achakzai, and Akhtar Mengal. Additionally, talks with Jamaat-e-Islami’s (JI) Liaquat Baloch and Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman are on the agenda. 

Accusing the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) of partiality, Qaiser criticized ECP's decisions, alleging they favored Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) interests. 

He claimed ECP's failure to address alleged rigging in constituencies where PTI candidates lost, calling it condemnable. 

Qaiser highlighted the postponement of Senate elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to unresolved disputes over the swearing-in of opposition members elected to reserved seats. 

Expressing concerns raised by a Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader regarding attempts to diminish their representation in assemblies, Qaiser stressed the need for judicial inquiry into various issues, including alleged pressure on the judiciary, ECP's role, and threats against PTI leadership.