The Pakistan People’s Party on Wednesday alleged that the party is being denied a level playing field and is being pressured from different quarters in the run-up to general elections scheduled for July 25.
The press release by the party claimed that two officials of an intelligence agency in Sukkur and Badin and one in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were actively working against party members and supporting the opposition.The statement also described the slew of “media trials” against former president Asif Ali Zardari and sister Faryal Talpur as political victimisation and an attempt to rig polls before the upcoming general elections.
PPP leaders in the statement also said they found the timing of the case particularly suspicious.
“The PPP and President Zardari have always faced down cases and witch hunts without ever running away. This is all part of what looks like an elaborate conspiracy to rig the polls and strip PPP of a level playing field. From Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to Punjab and Sindh, all across the country our candidates and supporters are being pressed to switch loyalties and change their political tickets,” the party leaders said during the media address.
Party leaders further pointed out that this investigation, its timing and the resulting media trial at this point in the campaign smacks of intent to damage the party leadership and influence their voters.
“The fact that the investigation is headed up by Director-Generalof the Federal Investigation Agency Bashir Memon, whose brother is contesting the election against the PPP in Matiari, Sindh.