By-elections fallout: PPP worker’s killing mars celebrations in Multan

Published: February 27, 2012

MULTAN/HYDERABAD: The by-elections have seen a fair share of controversy. On Saturday night, even celebrations were marred by a tragedy when supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice President Shah Mahmood Qureshi opened fire on Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) workers celebrating the victory of Ali Musa Gilani from the NA 148 constituency, killing a party worker identified as Farhan Mughal. The Multan seat which Gilani was contesting was earlier vacated by Qureshi himself.

Eyewitnesses said Gharyala Union Council members, most of whom are members of the Khera clan, were also staunch Qureshi supporters. They opened fire on Mughal, who died on the spot. The celebrations had been taking place in the Bundhla Sunt area on the outskirts of Multan. Mughal, a PPP supporter for the last 20 years, was celebrating the victory of Gilani, who is the prime minister’s son. The Khera clan had also opposed Gilani’s candidacy during the by-election campaign.

Ali Moosa Gilani immediately suspended the victory celebrations and drove to the Union Council Gharyala area to offer condolences.

NA-140 results cancelled

Elsewhere in Punjab, another controversy erupted in Kasur when the District Returning Officer cancelled the by-polls results of the NA-140 constituency. The unofficial result has so far been changed thrice.

The dispute over the result was between two independent candidates – Dr Azaeemuddin Zahid Lakhvi and Malik Rashid. At 2.30am when the returning officer announced Rashid’s victory, Lakhvi supporters gathered in front the office of the returning officer and started to protest. Lakhvi immediately filed an application for a fourth recount.

According to ECP rules, the final official result will be declared after a consolidation process. The recounting is on and till the filing of this report, there are no indications as to who was likely to win.

Slapping MPA ‘removes misunderstandings’

Meanwhile, a day after catapulting herself to notoriety, newly-elected Syeda Wahida Shah Bukhari, from the PS-53 constituency in Tando Muhammad Khan, attempted to play down her own scandal. Appearing at a press conference on Sunday with the assistant presiding officer whom she had slapped at a polling station on Saturday, Bukhari said the misunderstanding has been removed.

“I became angry because of the rigging complaints,” said Bukhari. “We have close relations with her family.”

However, the woman Bukhari claimed to be the presiding officer, Shagufta Memon, was clad in a burqa and was unidentifiable. She turned down the request of reporters to remove the veil from her face for identification.

Earlier, Bukhari met the families of both her victims (she had assaulted an elderly woman on the same day) at their homes and sorted out the matter.

A television channel had caught Bukhari on camera smacking the young Shagufta Memon, after which she slapped another elderly woman, Habeeban Memon, driving her to tears.

The footage which exposed the onslaught has not been demanded, Returning Officer of PS-53 Asghar Ali Siyal confirmed while talking to The Express Tribune. “I asked the assistant commissioner to submit the statements of the staff and the candidate (Bukhari) but I haven’t received them yet,” he said.

WITH ADDITIONAL INPUT FROM ABDUL MANAN IN LAHORE

Published in The Express Tribune, February 27th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Torrent
    Feb 27, 2012 - 1:07PM

    so much for the 20th amendment.

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  • Ahsan Mlk
    Feb 27, 2012 - 3:22PM

    And how the heck does that video show who died, or who killed who?

    Etribune is getting more and more coloured by the day.

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  • Mani
    Feb 27, 2012 - 4:33PM

    Exactly how anti PTI is the tribune?

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  • Tanzeel
    Feb 27, 2012 - 5:28PM

    it’s weird how you guys are defending the PTI killers instead of actually consolidating the killed. Wasnt the killed one a human? Recommend

  • Tanzeel
    Feb 27, 2012 - 5:30PM

    “Eyewitnesses” does that mean anything to you? would you ask the SCP to take notice? Hypocrites!

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  • khan
    Feb 27, 2012 - 5:42PM

    this is wrong news …… TRIBUNE ???? iwhy you are sumbiting news with out approval

    We want to clarify one thing which has been miss reported on TV. The incident of firing on Quetta Airport was done by our party young workers being over excited to receive Dr. Arif Alvi’ Party leadership had stop them from celebrating by firing etc.

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  • Fawad Bin Ishaq
    Feb 27, 2012 - 6:00PM

    stop winning pti’s inqalabi’s, reality bites!!!Recommend

  • Dr Saifur Rehman
    Feb 27, 2012 - 6:02PM

    This is the revolution of imran. to kill opponents is the revolution of imran. Great revolution indeed. PTI is wants to bring in Pakistan by bullet not ballot.Recommend

  • waqas aslam
    Feb 27, 2012 - 6:50PM

    there was no proof of the killing and you REALLY think IK would do this? Allah apko ek din akal deRecommend

  • Lt Col Imtiaz Alam (retd)
    Feb 27, 2012 - 7:54PM

    The Lady should be brought to book. You subject an individual to humiliation & disgrace then say it was a misunderstanding. Unacceptable. She must face a case of criminal assault & disqualified according to Rules of ECP. If the ECP does not act appropriately the people of Pakistan can be sure that the future Elections will a sham. The rich & powerful cannot always have their way.

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  • Kashif Iqbal
    Feb 27, 2012 - 7:57PM

    And the Tsunami starts killing people. This is the change they were talking on TV-shows? An FIR should be registered against Qureshi; and Imran Khan must come forward to take action against Qureshi. I would recommend to remove Qureshi from the Vice president-ship. Such actions of Khan will show the he is sincere and honest; though I strongly believe he is not.

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  • Uza Syed
    Feb 27, 2012 - 8:45PM

    IT’s only just the beginning or is it? Tsunami has started——all those who oppose and decide to resist it through the belt would be liquidated through bullet——this is what the Tsunami Tehreek has been telling us—–support them or die!

    On Sunday night the supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice President Shah Mahmood Qureshi opened fire on Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) workers. The NA 148 constituency, Multan seat was earlier vacated by Qureshi himself. Eyewitnesses said Gharyala Union Council members, most of whom are members of the Khera clan, were also staunch Qureshi supporters. They opened fire on Mughal, who died on the spot.

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  • Umar
    Feb 27, 2012 - 9:03PM

    Yeah, this is all Imran Khan’s and PTI’s fault, how gullible are you fools ready to blame the party as soon as.

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  • Seema Shaikh
    Feb 27, 2012 - 9:48PM

    @Lt Col Imtiaz Alam (retd): Do you know the story, why that lady was slapped. when a candidate finds that someone trying to steal her mandate, what should be her reaction. You ppl only know how to show hatred against ppp. I wonder why didn’t you comment on PTI ppl killed a PPP supporter, because you dont have heart to show some sympathy to PPP or to condemn their act.

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  • Syed
    Feb 27, 2012 - 9:53PM

    @ Umar,
    I never expected any better from Qureshi and his supporters, since they are fuedals the party does carry the blame. When you take applaud for attracting members with “positive” characters, then you are also liable to be boo-ed for your members bad characters.

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  • Mirza
    Feb 27, 2012 - 9:58PM

    This is Pakistan even the killing of innocent people for no reason is not going to change any minds. People would continue supporting the tyrants blindly. The real killers in Pakistan are neigher found nor punished. It was a murder to show “this is our area” don’t you ever dare.

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  • Mirza
    Feb 28, 2012 - 4:21AM

    @Seema Shaikh:
    You write “I wonder why didn’t you comment on PTI ppl killed a PPP supporter”? Sorry but for some a murder of PPP worker is nothing compared to a slap! Sad and shameful but this is the truth.

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  • nationalist baloch
    Feb 28, 2012 - 7:07AM

    … that Contemptible Cretin of a Candidate who insulted the EC, interfered in Govt functioning, and insulted an honourable teacher … should be immediately denotified, and barred from future parliamentary process … wadero arrogance should be dealt with firmly and soundly …

    of course, we hear a huge silence from Papa Pinky Pappu Party … because it is their trait … when they can’t have their Royal Wish, they resort to violence and abuse …

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  • Haider Hussain
    Feb 29, 2012 - 1:21PM

    Most of the women MPAs and MNAs are dumb and corrupt as well.

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