Whistleblower: Shah Mehmood Qureshi lost due to rigging, says Thar judge

Published: August 28, 2014
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The senior civil judge, Mian Fayyaz Rabbani, who was posted as the returning officer for NA-230, PS-62 and PS-63, claimed that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s candidate Shah Mehmood Qureshi had lost due to rigging. PHOTO: EXPRESS

The senior civil judge, Mian Fayyaz Rabbani, who was posted as the returning officer for NA-230, PS-62 and PS-63, claimed that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s candidate Shah Mehmood Qureshi had lost due to rigging. PHOTO: EXPRESS

HYDERABAD: Inspired by the retired official of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Afzal Khan, a judge in Tharparkar also claimed that he was witness to grave electoral violations in his jurisdiction.

The senior civil judge, Mian Fayyaz Rabbani, who was posted as the returning officer for NA-230, PS-62 and PS-63, claimed that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s candidate Shah Mehmood Qureshi had lost due to rigging.

“There was large scale rigging in the constituency,” he told a press conference at his residence in Mithi, Tharparkar, on Tuesday evening. “I duly reported these violations to the ECP but no action has been taken so far.”

The candidates of Pakistan Peoples Party won all the seats which were under Rabbani’s jurisdiction. MNA Pir Noor Muhammad Shah Jeelani defeated Qureshi by a small margin of 2,051 votes. MPAs Makhdoom Khaliluz Zaman and Dost Muhammad Rahimon emerged victorious against the independent candidates, Arbab Anwar Jabbar and Dr Ghulam Hyder Samejo, who were allied with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.

According to him, armed men had attacked 43 polling stations and burnt all the ballot papers on the day of the elections. He also claimed that the election staff was held hostage for three days until the army intervened and rescued them.

“The rigging and violence was such that I had to request for the army to be deployed during the elections,” he told.

In the PS-62 constituency of MPA Zaman, 3,000 fake NICs were found after NADRA launched an investigation into the forgery, he claimed. The judge, whom the Sindh High Court had assigned to inspect the drought relief inspection in March this year, also complained that the ECP did not provide adequate security at the polling stations even though he had warned of anticipated violence.

The PPP’s legislators, elected from the constituencies in question, could not be reached for comments.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 28th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Syeda Shireen Kazmi
    Aug 28, 2014 - 12:10PM

    We all know it. Don’t why we are afraid to say the truth. Go PTI go, we are with you for real democracy.

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  • Haroon
    Aug 28, 2014 - 4:05PM

    Truth in Pakistan comes and goes as the wind blows. The tormented souls of all these wannabe Gandhijis took their own time to come out with the truth. A few coins in the pocket can make any truth come out.

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  • Ashfaque Siddiqui
    Aug 28, 2014 - 9:20PM

    The part Thar judge missed out was that the gunmen belonged to Mr SMQ’s ally Arbab Rahim. PTI is not raising issue over the issue because firstly SMQ embarrassed the party by having Nawaz Sharif on his election posters. He sided with the local goons and feudals and played every dirty trick there was to win this seat but couldn’t.

    More importantly it was PPP that protested and got repolling to be held in many such polling stations not PTI.

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