Bloody elections: Rigging, abductions and torture in Karachi

Published: May 11, 2013
An NA-250 ballot box - photo being shared across social media.

An NA-250 ballot box - photo being shared across social media.

An NA-250 ballot box - photo being shared across social media. Police clash at a polling station. PHOTO: Rizwan Shehzad

NA-242, PS-96

The MQM has allegedly captured Tulip school, Jadeed School and Helican Public school polling station.

The party activists opened firing outside Jadeed Public school of Qasba and removed all the other parties’ polling agents from the stations and took the polling station staff hostage.

NA-257, PS-127

PPP candidate Ashraf Samo claims 70 polling agents were beaten by the MQM today. He also claimed rigging at 41 polling stations by a politica party.

He said the polling agents were tortured, and some were taken hostage for two hours and beaten, including 4 women workers.

Women workers attacked

Polling station 24 – Hameeda and Afshan

Polling station 14 – Aneela and Zubaida

Polling station 23 – Ghazala and Sameena

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Bilal
    May 11, 2013 - 2:26PM

    Election Commission should do something ..!!!!!!!


  • Nadia
    May 11, 2013 - 2:31PM

    I just casted my vote all looks good dont think there is any rigging.


  • Adil
    May 11, 2013 - 2:54PM

    ET – the picture is not from Karachi. That is incorrect. The picture is from Punjab, NA 117 I think.

    Please check before you post things like this. You dont need to pick up every story from Facebook!


  • Riha
    May 11, 2013 - 3:33PM


    NA 252 – CAMS School – Poling station taken over, peoepl asked to leave, gates closed. Fake votes are being openly casted inside.

    NA 250 – Phase 4 – Still no staff.


  • Ali S
    May 11, 2013 - 4:11PM


    Me too. I went at 9 in a MQM-dominated middle-class area of Karachi, and aside from the hour-long line everything went without a hitch. My polling station was a primary school, there wasn’t a single party worker or even a banner in sight inside the polling station, the staff and policemen were very helpful and cooperative (the police were even assisting the elderly so they didn’t have to wait in line outdoors). But election rigging is a sad reality in this city.


  • Riha
    May 11, 2013 - 4:18PM

    NA 252, CAMS school – open rigging! Police standing aside and letting the hoodlums get away with it. Please take notice!


  • Faraz
    May 11, 2013 - 4:44PM

    “Share Rigging Complaints with Geo:111-436-111 Ext 6218,6202
    Dunya: 111-1-38692
    Samaa: 111-262-275 &
    Express news 111-397-737 #Elections2013 “


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