Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Thursday criticised the country’s bureaucracy and establishment for allegedly controlling electoral results.
Addressing an Ulema convention in Quetta, the JUI-F chief said: “When elections arrive, our country’s system, bureaucracy and establishment keep control of electoral results in their hands so the Western world can be told to not worry about religious people — [that] they have at most 12-14 seats and they don’t have support among Pakistan’s people.”
He alleged that for the above reason, “they (bureaucracy and the establishment) carry out rigging”. “This time we have taken notice of this.
We always knew about this but this time we took notice [of that rigging]. [We] took such notice that the JUI carried out ‘14 million marches’ in all the country and then lastly did the ‘Azadi March’.
“The participation of the public in hundreds and thousands [in our marches] sent the world this message that the establishment gives wrong reporting to you by doing rigging.