'Leading party' rigged K-P elections: Fazlur Rehman

Published: May 14, 2013
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Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Isam-Fazl (JUI-F), addresses an election rally. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Isam-Fazl (JUI-F), addresses an election rally. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

PESHAWAR: JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman called on his supporters to take out street protests against rigging in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa elections.

Refusing to accept the mandate of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Rehman alleged that the “leading party” in the K-P elections had rigged the polls.

He accused the Election Commission of Pakistan of failing in holding free‚ fair and transparent elections.

Background

The PTI is looking to form its government in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province by forming an alliance with political parties that have a “clean, clear and honest” political record.

The PTI has won 34 seats in the 99-member K-P assembly, the JUI-F has 16, the PML-N 12, the ANP has five, JI and QWP have seven each and PPP has two. Independents make up 13 seats.

Coupled with eight female and one minority reserved seats, the PTI’s tally comes to up to 43, and with independents the QWP and JI, it barely reaches the simple majority of 63.

On the other hand, the PML-N may look to form the government in K-P by joining hands with the JUI-F, independents and other parties.

Now, the balance of power lies in the hands of not just the QWP, but also the independents, who may be forming a bloc of their own. An independent candidate, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Express Tribune that eight of the 13 independents have formed a group. “We will hold talks on behalf of all candidates with the parties and decide the course of action,” he said.

Despite claims from both sides, the QWP has kept its options open and is likely to take a decision after the meeting of its party’s parliamentary board on Tuesday. Earlier QWP chief Aftab Sherpao told journalists that their options were open and they will take a decision which suits the interests of Pakhtuns.

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  • asim
    May 14, 2013 - 6:35PM

    everyone voted for PTI in KP.
    Your trick to sell religion did not work this time Maulana Sahib.

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  • GhostRider
    May 14, 2013 - 6:38PM

    It is mentioned here QWP and JI each has 7…so by that count PTI 43+JI 7+QWP 7+Independent 15 = 72 not 63

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  • Dani
    May 14, 2013 - 6:38PM

    so you came to know this after 3 days ??
    grow up Maulana !

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  • kamran
    May 14, 2013 - 6:39PM

    good decision. now imran should be back on his feet. kept accusing others of rigging

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  • Nadir
    May 14, 2013 - 6:39PM

    Looks like he didnt hear what he wanted to when he chatted with Nawaz. Suddenly he has awoken to rigging.

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  • mkz
    May 14, 2013 - 6:39PM

    Copycats

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  • Syed
    May 14, 2013 - 6:48PM

    It hit to Molana now that he is been robed after 3 days?? brilliant!

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  • Ghalib
    May 14, 2013 - 6:53PM

    PTI detailed the diesel engine of JUI in KPK. Now he lost his way.

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  • TheFullPicture
    May 14, 2013 - 6:56PM

    This is the reason you will never be taken seriously by the general public….You try to tar everyone with the same brush with your warped outlook on life…If you are going to make a statement, make a full one…Make one like “Their were rigged polls all over the country including KPK, PUNJAB and KARACHI and I ask my supporters to take out Street Protests nationally”…It is your typical Pick and Choose comments that has fragmented Pakistan and shows a Them and Us Culture that has no meaning…The PTI Them and Us culture is Not Corrupt vs Corrupt…What is Yours ??? Sell yourself to the highest bidder internally or externallyfor a position of Power…

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  • Haseeb
    May 14, 2013 - 6:58PM

    illiteracy at its very best.

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  • Jawad
    May 14, 2013 - 7:06PM

    whichever party lost in their constituency is shouting rigging and where they won its all free and fair, when are these people and so called leaders going to grow up!

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  • ayesha
    May 14, 2013 - 7:12PM

    Too much to say but ET won’t approve my comments,So I will stay mum :(

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  • litlejohnei
    May 14, 2013 - 7:12PM

    is it cuz u were not offered any part in making kpk gov

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  • Sara Khan
    May 14, 2013 - 7:16PM

    Shame in the name of religion….
    I am wondering what type of people vote for him….

    Just ignore him

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  • Z
    May 14, 2013 - 7:23PM

    @kamran: Counter-accusations for the sake of putting others on the ‘back foot’ is the game of the old status quo parties, a theory you clearly subscribe to. Only parties who have been in power have the infrastructure and election machinery to rig. What you’re saying doesn’t make any sense.

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  • Ali tanoli
    May 14, 2013 - 7:25PM

    KP trys MMA, ANP, PML N, PPP now its a time for PTI jaye imran khan.

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  • waleed
    May 14, 2013 - 7:40PM

    The effects of Briyani are wearing off. ;-)

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  • Sharafatullah Khan Marwat
    May 14, 2013 - 7:52PM

    and what about the rigging allegations against you in Bannu, Tank, DI Khan, and Lakki Marwat. Should there not be another recount over there? Salim Saifullah Khan and Waqar Ahmed Khan were rightful winners of Lakki and DI Khan. What about the 5000 bogus votes caught in bannu.

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  • Dr.X
    May 14, 2013 - 8:07PM

    lol! First, he approached PMLN to form government in KPK. Wahan say Ghas nai dali gai tow rig ho gayey Elections. If he wants to challenge a particular seat in KPK, he is more than welcome to ask for re-polling on those seats.We are that much confident of our success in KPK. Fazlu has been ruling the poor areas of KPK since Musharaf’s Era. What change has he brought except for controlling all the diesel supply in KPK ?!

    A month back, he told the press, ” hamaray beghar Haqomat ban nai sakti or hamaray beghair haqomat chal nai sakti”. My message to him is, “ap kay beghar haqomat banay gee bhi or chalay gee bhi or bohat achi chalay gee”

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  • Iftikhar Khan
    May 14, 2013 - 8:07PM

    These things should be treated as umpire review. both apealing and defender parties should stay quiet infront of public and follow the appeal process. They may not be able to prove everything but even few minor proofs linking to sponsored rigging should lead to immidiate disqualification of the candidate – no matter how wide the margin. It is not about honesty and integerity not the margin…..

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  • sensible
    May 14, 2013 - 8:09PM

    Maulana without power is like fish without water. Since PMLN refused to form alliance with him, now option he has to cry for foul play. Grow up maulana.

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  • A Khan
    May 14, 2013 - 8:28PM

    How come the PTI rigged the elections? Who formed the provincial election commission? Who formed the provincial caretaker government? ANP and JUI. PTI has never been in power in anyway, so how come? This is a bit interesting.

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  • Mehdi Zaman
    May 14, 2013 - 8:30PM

    its strange that the parties that lost actually accepted defeat but parties that won their backyard are complaining about rigging!

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  • opler
    May 14, 2013 - 8:32PM

    rigging occured only in sindh (particularly in karachi); EU Observers’ report!

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  • Sami Ullah
    May 14, 2013 - 8:39PM

    Maulana Sahb yours ministry (petroleum) is going to be snatched by Chaudhry Nisar first think about that.

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  • asim
    May 14, 2013 - 9:08PM

    ECP is being by lead by a BABA who can not hear and see. He is blind and deaf.

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  • SKHN
    May 14, 2013 - 9:47PM

    How can he even think about forming govt. with 16 seats! this is just unethical ! Mualna gangster..

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  • Dr. Peroozi
    May 14, 2013 - 10:22PM

    “Maulana” in Arabic means our master and protector. Allah used this title for Himself in Qura’an (Sura Albaqra). Does this type of a person deserves the title of Maulana for himself? Should other self-respecting Muslims address a persopn Maulana who lies and cheats?Recommend

  • Parvez
    May 14, 2013 - 11:47PM

    His fatwa on voting for PTI did not work……so he’s come up with this……what next ?

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  • Imtiaz
    May 15, 2013 - 12:35AM

    Come on Molana Sb when Mian sb denied ur suggestion of Alliance u start crying..shame on such hypocrisy.. Recommend

  • the truth
    May 15, 2013 - 1:12AM

    @GhostRider:
    PTI doesn’t have 43 but 34 seats in KP Assembly. I don’t like JUI and I hope people vote for liberal parties in KP like PTI & QWP but let’s face it the FAFEN report says most polling stations where 100%+ turnout was recorded were won by PMLN candidates, followed by PTI.

    Didn’t u guys see Multan & KP videos of PTI workers hijacking polling stations?

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  • ashar
    May 15, 2013 - 1:48AM

    He does not represent Muslims. That’s all.

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  • Sarfraz Khan
    May 15, 2013 - 1:54AM

    I think it’s about time people stop calling him Maulana, and just refer to him as Fazl-ur-Rehman. Let’s not corrupt our religion with giving him the authority of a Maulana.

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  • Usman
    May 15, 2013 - 2:12AM

    CHAA GEYA MAULANA…….
    Now present your “Rohaani” proofs of rigging to ECP to turn the results in your favor.

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  • Umar
    May 15, 2013 - 2:42AM

    Yeah right !

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  • Mirza Khan
    May 15, 2013 - 3:10AM

    PTI is no party of angels as it has lots of turn coats who are well versed in the art and kraft of rigging!!! so what maulana is saying doesnt seem too far fetched.

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  • Np
    May 15, 2013 - 8:28AM

    @GhostRider:
    You counted 43 for PTI and hence your total came to 72. ET has taken 34 for PTI and hence the total came to 63. So problem is not with addition but basic number of seats that PTI won. On that front I think your number is wrong and ET number is outdated because PTI has won 35 seats.

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  • Np
    May 15, 2013 - 8:39AM

    No one seems to give credit to Nawaz Sharif that by respecting PTI mandate in KPK nad not trying to form a over meant in alliance with JUI using jod od ki siasat, he has shown a democratic spirit. It is for this reason that this gentleman suddenly woke up.

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  • Sattar Rind
    May 18, 2013 - 4:16PM

    how PTI could rig the election as they were not in power. election were rigged by Washington Saudi Arabia and Rawalpindi … how ? i do not know but it was planned election with a symmetric result all over the Pakistan. as its not possible because people are not geometrical but they are ‘divided public’ in many ways and could not produce symmetrical result what the election 2013 has produced. typical divion on nationalistic basis almost. only for giving favor to PMLn without caring of the future damage to unity of Pakistan. Taliban and JI and PTI given the KPK. the Baluchistan never considered in stream of Pakistan .. it has been treated differently since 1952. this is all happened due to expected withdrawal of USA from Afghanistan in 2014….but this not going to work. coming Government would morally fell weak and Taliban will never come under any ones control…

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