ISLAMABAD: Accusing Sharif brothers of misusing Punjab Police to shut Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf’s (PTI) polling stations in Rawalpindi, PTI Chairman Imran Khan said that the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) was threatened by his party as it was promoting true democracy.
He made these remarks while addressing the media in Islamabad on Tuesday.
He added that the Punjab Police could not be blamed alone for the closure as they were just following orders.
The PTI chairman said that his party will seek help from the Election Commission of Pakistan in this regard and the Supreme Court if needed.
He further accused leading parties of making electoral alliances with “terrorists and corrupt leaders,” just for maintaining its hold on power.
He assured his party workers that intra-party elections will be held despite all the hurdles.
Refuting Imran’s claims, PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal - on his official Facebook page - said, “What Khan Sahib is not telling that police acted on court order which PTI workers got against rigging in party election.”
“My request to those PTI sympathisers who joined Imran for change that they must realise Imran has PML-N phobia and is being sponsored to divide PML-N votes only,” he said.
Elections in Punjab
PTI Provincial Election Commission finalised arrangements for party elections for Punjab district and tehsils.
Voting was set to start at 9am and continue till 5pm. A senior member of election commission said that those elected at union council level would elect tehsil, town and district officer-bearers.
PTI intra-party elections in Sheikhupura were disrupted when a clash broke out between supporters of two contending PTI leaders.
The participants snatched ballot papers and manhandled the PTI’s election commissioner for the area Zulqarnain Doger.
Similarly, polling was stopped for a while after a clash broke out in Gujranwala.
However, during the polling, supporters of a PTI candidate attacked media persons when they tried to film them displaying weapons publicly. The brawl left few badly injured.
Express News reported that senior leaders were also involved in the fight.
Police were called in to control the situation.
A clash broke out in the city’s polling station when one of the contesting leaders tried to take his polling agents inside the station.
The polling started an hour and half late because of the scuffle.
Polling in the city was postponed for two days after supporters of a candidate protested against incomplete ballot papers.
The supporters met PTI senior leaders, who assured them that new ballot papers will be printed.
Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.
For more information, please see our Comments FAQ