APC rejects poll results, demands re-election

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Fazl says this is a theft of people’s mandate; PML-N to strongly protest results in NA: Shahbaz

Staff Reporter

Islamabad

The All Parties Conference, convened by Pakistan Muslim League-N and Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, on Friday rejected the results of the July 25 general election and demanded a “transparent” re-election.
PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, after presiding over the APC meeting, apprised the media about the major decisions of the meeting.
The Maulana said, “We do not consider this election to be the mandate of the public, but a theft of people’s mandate.”
In a reference to the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, he said the leaders in attendance do not accept “the majority of those claiming to have won the majority”.
Rehman said the elected candidates of the parties whose leaders attended the MPC will not take oath. Shahbaz explained that he needs time to discuss the proposition with the central executive committee of the PML-N. “I need time to discuss if we will take the oath or not,” he said. Reiterating his earlier claims, Shahbaz said that votes were rigged.
Maulana said a movement will be started, and protests will be held to demand a re-election, the schedule of which would be decided by a committee within a day or two. The MPC will also approach other parties who have concerns over the elections but could not attend today’s meeting, he announced. “We will not let democracy be held hostage by any establishment,” he declared. The JUI-F chief said the parliament had approved an amount of Rs20 billion for the Election Commission of Pakistan to hold the polls, questioning: “Are these the elections it [ECP] has conducted?”
Fazal remarked: “We want democracy. We have sacrificed so much for democracy to prosper in the country.” People who think they have won fairly should know that they have no real power,” he said.
He further said that they will organise protest demonstrations in different parts of the country till elections are held again.
With regards to the parties who didn’t attend the APC, he said that they will be contacted once again and asked to be a part of their struggle. He claimed that the ECP had failed to command the results of the elections despite “wasting so much public money”.
Returning, presiding and other officers “remained a hostage to the army personnel” and did not hand over results to the parties’ polling agents, he alleged. “We will not let these thieves even enter the parliament,” Rehman warned.
In attendance at the MPC were Jamaat-i-Islami chief Senator Sirajul Haq, Sindh Governor Mohammad Zubair, Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafeezur Rehman, Mehtab Abbasi, Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider, Awami National Party chief Asfandyar Wali Khan, Qaumi Watan Party chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, National Party’s Senator Mir Hasil Bizenjo, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party chairman Mehmood Khan Achakzai and several MMA leaders.

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