We are being forced to make prisoners vote PML-N: Jail officials

Published: May 5, 2013

Election Commission Director says they have received the complaint, it has been sent to Punjab Election Commissioner. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: 

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday took notice of a complaint by four Sialkot Jail officials stating that they were being coerced by their seniors to ensure that all voters in the prison voted for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.

Election Commission Director General Sher Afgan said they had received the complaint and that it had been sent to the Punjab Election Commissioner Mehboob Anwer for inquiry.

Anwer said the complaint had been sent to the Home Department. He said the department had been directed to respond at the earliest and file an inquiry report. However, he said, they had not yet received a reply from them.

Punjab Prisons IG Farooq Nazeer said he had constituted an inquiry committee under Prisons DIG Mubashar Ahmad Khan to probe the allegation. Khan’s report, he said, had been sent to the Home Department from where it would go to the ECP. Nazeer said the complaint appeared to be a mischief by some jail officials. “There are 1,110 votes in jails all over the Punjab. This gives an estimate of five to six votes per constituency. That would not make much difference to the results anywhere,” he said.

A similar complaint was filed last week by some jail officials from Lahore’s Camp Jail against their superintendent, Ejaz Asghar.  Prisons DIG Saliq Jalal had visited the jail and decided that the allegation was false.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 5th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (32)

  • Confused
    May 5, 2013 - 10:33AM

    What’s the big deal? Criminals electing criminals. At least the ones in jail are still awaiting trial.

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  • Umer Farooq
    May 5, 2013 - 10:50AM

    The real face of PML-N. Expose these thugs.

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  • May 5, 2013 - 10:52AM

    “There are 1,110 votes in jails all over the Punjab”
    Is this IG Prisons nuts or what? There must be at least a 100,000 prisoners in Punjab Jails and this Grade-22 Law Enforcer would make us believe there are only 1110 votes?
    This wrong statement in itself proves something is fishy and Jail officials are actually being coerced to get votes for Sharifs party.. Who could do that? Off-course IG Prisons is the one responsible for coersion & wants us to buy his wrong CLARIFICATION.
    Height of absurdity.

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  • MOA
    May 5, 2013 - 11:09AM

    Wake ECP and disqualify PML-N !!!

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  • Sareena
    May 5, 2013 - 11:27AM

    So the cat is out of the bag? PML-N using its traditional ways!!

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  • @ishiPTI
    May 5, 2013 - 11:40AM

    This is what they are doing all over Pakistan to get votes, but let me clear them…they have already lost elections. 11 May is the day we’ll make Naya Pakistan, inshallah.

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  • yellow
    May 5, 2013 - 11:43AM

    typical PML

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  • Ahmad
    May 5, 2013 - 11:48AM

    Forcing people to vote for them… and they say they are the shers of Pakistan. Look more like cowardly thugs who are too afraid to fight fairly.

    Bqut I’m sure the incompetence of pmln supporters will allow them to overlook all their faults.

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  • Salman
    May 5, 2013 - 12:02PM

    real face of PMLN

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  • Mercurial
    May 5, 2013 - 12:10PM

    I’m sure this is going to be thrown under the rug. No coverage would be given to highlight the corrupt means PML-N uses to gain votes.

    Judges and courts are going to keep silent and the show will go on.

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  • Naya Pakistan
    May 5, 2013 - 12:26PM

    This is typical of PML(N) and status quo mindset and this demonstrate that how much they are worried from IMRAN KHAN’s foot solidiers the “Tabdeeli Razakar” and the conclusion is that all the roads are going to PTI victory.

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  • A Pashtun Kid.
    May 5, 2013 - 12:44PM

    Express Tribune has done a good job to expose PMLN, although such tactics from M/s Nawaz Shariff and bros. is not new. I hope ET office is not attacked by Nawazi Lahoris. At the same time I can see desperation in the ranks of PMLN, asking jail officials to help in securing votes from helpless, voiceless, toothless people. Shame all the way!!

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  • NothingDone
    May 5, 2013 - 12:48PM

    So first Election Commission Director received the complaint, he sent it to the Punjab Election Commissioner who in turn sent it to Home Department. Which would also send the complaint somewhere else, at the end of the week nothing would be done about this poll-rigging.

    Pakistan Zindabad!

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  • Impartial
    May 5, 2013 - 12:55PM

    And what guarantee do we have that these Prisons DIGs, who decided the allegations as false, aren’t already on PML-Ns payroll?

    May Allah(swt) rid Pakistan of corruption.

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  • Sami
    May 5, 2013 - 1:09PM

    PMLN and Bureaucracy consider themselves patriotic and they have strong interaction.

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  • Obvious
    May 5, 2013 - 1:24PM

    Current News: We are being forced to make prisoners vote PML-N: Jail officials.

    News in the near future: We were forced to attack Sarabjit by the Jail officials: Prisoners.

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  • Nawaz Sharif
    May 5, 2013 - 2:33PM

    Surprised to see ET taking the time out from bashing Imran and PTI to do some real journalism. Kudos!

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  • Careless Whispers
    May 5, 2013 - 2:58PM

    ET from Anti PTI to PRO PTI, i wonder how come sudden change, oh wait too much political ads being aired by PTI :P

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  • bilal
    May 5, 2013 - 3:14PM

    Lol scared lion. inshallah Pakistan will soon be transformed into naya Pakistan

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  • Omer
    May 5, 2013 - 3:19PM

    All the people writing true face of PML N has been exposed should get their brains tested as they suffering from a very dangerous disease called stupidity. An enquiry has been ordered to look into the matter and here you idiots are throwing your own verdicts. And its funny how you guys use words like ‘real’ ‘face’ and the likes as if somehow you lot know much about PML N or any other for that matter whilst the fact is most of you base your opinions on what you are told by others or what your family has taught you. Grow Up!

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  • Gringott
    May 5, 2013 - 4:41PM

    Convicted criminals should not be allowed to caste votes anyway. They lose right to participate in a democracy when they break the laws of the land.

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  • Paratha Khan
    May 5, 2013 - 5:13PM

    They’re so desperate, next, doctors will complain about patients being forced to vote N. there are over 476000 inhouse patients. What’s wrong with that? It all adds up you know.
    Paratha, anyone?

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  • Paratha Khan
    May 5, 2013 - 5:50PM

    @Omer:
    Omer bhai. Relax. Go have some cold water.

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  • SK
    May 5, 2013 - 6:36PM

    It’s not about vote , it’s the principle .ECP should restore credibility to the process it is entrusted with or else Dr Tahir-ul-qadri prediction is likely to come true.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    May 5, 2013 - 6:43PM

    False accusation. PML(N) is not in government and most of the officers appointed by PML(N)’s previous government have been removed.

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  • Umair
    May 5, 2013 - 6:48PM

    According to Wikipedia, the number of prisoners in Punjab were 50000. Roughly, they would be somewhere from 75k-100k. Now,you can identify the culprit behind this who is saying that there are 1000 votes only

    Wikipedia

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  • Wonderstruck
    May 5, 2013 - 6:56PM

    @Gringott: A traffic challan is also a conviction. Where do you stop judging which one of us does and which one does not qualify for the rights of citizenship? In my humble view in a democracy ALL adult citizens are entitled to vote. Race, religion, gender and arbitrary measures of “goodness” do not disqualify anyone from being a citizen.

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  • Rabia
    May 5, 2013 - 10:09PM

    Hello, hello…ET. Everything okay? An anti-N article? This must be a setup for the next 10 anti-IK articles, so no one can accuse you of being biased!

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  • Abdul Rahman Khan
    May 5, 2013 - 11:05PM

    Caretaker federal home minister, Me Malik Habit should take notice of the complaint and see that those coercing the prisoners are taken to the task. It’s only a wish. Malik Habib can’t take any action which adversely affect the electoral favour to Sharif’s party. He has openly shown his tilt towards sharifs.

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  • Salman
    May 6, 2013 - 9:02AM

    @Omer:
    You’re right, because there’s only one face of PML (N) and that’s corruption. I can’t believe the fact that after experiencing the rule of Nawaz and what he did to the people, the public is still in favour of him.

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  • Breaking Bad
    May 6, 2013 - 11:19PM

    The most important thing is that officials escalated and filed a complaint. We as citizens should start taking responsibilty like this. Bravo.

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  • Raza
    May 10, 2013 - 10:19AM

    Irespective of the news, I’m so happy to hear that we only have 1110 presinors in punjab jails… What a joke…..

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