Post-poll protest: PTI supporters take to the streets

Voters gather in Karachi and Lahore to protest rigging in elections; unknown assailants fire on crowd in Karachi.

Ali Ousat/web Desk May 12, 2013
Karachi takes to the streets after alleged rigging in general elections. PHOTO: @ZAWARMAS

KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) supporters came out on streets of Karachi and Lahore to protest alleged rigging during the general elections, Express News reported on Sunday.

Karachi protest

May 11 saw delays in polling at various stations at NA-250, the largest constituency of Karachi. Voters waited for hours under the scorching sun as polling, reportedly, continued at a snail’s pace.

The PTI supporters in Karachi held a protest at Teen Talwar in Clifton on the very next day of general elections.

Female supporters comprised a large percentage of the protesters.

The group continued to chant slogans in favour of the PTI chairman Imran Khan and the PTI candidate contesting from NA-250, Arif Alvi.

Later on Sunday evening, unknown assailants reportedly fired on the crowd, injuring at least two people.

Lahore protest

A fight broke out between PTI and PML-N supporters when the former gathered at Lalak chowk in Lahore to protest alleged rigging by the latter at NA-125.

The protesters alleged that PML-N candidate Saad Rafiq won the seat through rigging.

Police arrived at the area, baton charged the protesters and opened the blocked streets.

MQM's response

“I don’t want a fight but if I order my supporters then they will make a better use of the three swords [teen talwar],” Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain warned the PTI protesters.

He was addressing MQM party workers and supporters in a telephonic address.

“I request you to go ahead with a peaceful protest against rigging allegations,” Hussain advised his followers. “But I will rally my supporters if the protest against us continues.”


Jamil-u-Rahman | 10 years ago | Reply

The PTI failed to understand ground realities and were unduly over exited but seeing the unfavorable results, the Barmuda class is up on heals. If there is any genuine complaint, it must be tackled through legal means which is the civilized way and no one should disturb the life of common citizens with their biased view/myth.

Omnipotent Allah is watching evey one | 10 years ago | Reply


“Out of 3,500 polling stations checked so far, nearly 700 reported irregularities.”

Out of 3,500, SEVEN HUNDRED. How is that normal? How is that free and fair? Why are we in denial?

Look at this:

Clear evidence of rigging. Rigging videos are also all over the internet.

Why are we such apologists? No one is saying PTI would have won, but they have definitely lost crucial seats because of these shenanigans! Come out of your homes. Not for PTI, but for your right as Pakistanis to vote!

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