Above the law?: PTI minister accused of forcibly taking ballot boxes away

Published: June 1, 2015
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PTI lawmaker Ali Amin Gandapur. PHOTO: www.insaf,pk

PTI lawmaker Ali Amin Gandapur. PHOTO: www.insaf,pk

DI KHAN: A minister of the ruling party was roaming scot-free in DI Khan after allegedly forcibly taking away ballot boxes from a polling station on Sunday. 

According to the DI Khan police, vote count was under way in Hemath Adda polling station in the morning when PTI lawmaker Ali Amin Gandapur accompanied by his brother Umar Amin Gandapur, a candidate for tehsil nazim, and his armed supporters arrived, picked up the ballot boxes and began putting them in the minister’s car.

Cantt SHO Saifur Rehman who was on duty at the station attempted to stop the minister and his accomplices from entering the station with the help of his police staff, but failed, said a local who witnessed the incident.

Soon after, a large number of workers of opposition parties’ candidates gathered in the area and surrounded Ali’s car. They pelted it with stones and sticks and slashed its tyres. The minister, who was inside the car, remained unhurt.

Officials of the district government, the DPO and DC arrived at the scene subsequently and negotiated with the activists to disperse them; the minister then drove away.

Cantt SHO has registered an FIR in Saddar police station against Ali, his brother Umar and their security guards under various sections of the Pakistan Penal Code, including assaulting a public servant to deter him from his duties.

In the report, SHO Rehman said the MPA used abusive language towards him, manhandled him and gave death threats, said a Saddar police official.

However, Ali has denied the allegations. He told journalists he had received complaints about illegal ballots being cast at the polling station (during counting) in favour of his opposition candidates. He said he learnt the police and polling staff were acting as silent spectators to the activity so he went to the station.

Ali claimed the PML-N was rigging in the tehsil. “They are doing this because they have been defeated,” he said.

Flouting the law

Under the directives of DI Khan DPO Sadiq Hussain Baloch, more than a dozen cases have been registered against those resorting to violence at the polling stations.

The presiding officer at Government Girls High School Bihari Colony, Samina Sadiq, filed a case, saying PTI workers Usman, Kamran, Noorullah along with 35 others barged into the polling station and vandalised the premises. She said they resorted to aerial firing, tried to snatch ballot boxes and misbehaved with polling staff.

Similarly, Cantt police registered a case against 25 people who quarrelled with staff at a women’s polling station in Cha Mughal and broke ballot boxes. Cases were registered for similar incidents in Government Degree College No-1, Government Girls Primary School Kundi and a polling station in Nawab area.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 1st, 2015. 

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Reader Comments (26)

  • Paid Journalism
    Jun 1, 2015 - 8:30AM

    When FIR is already filed why make this misleading heading ‘law maker above law’ ? Surely paid journalism. Recommend

  • Aalia
    Jun 1, 2015 - 8:56AM

    @Paid Journalism:
    Iftikhar Hussain was first arrested and then FIR was made against him. Surely its a paid trolling that you are doing thenRecommend

  • pakistani
    Jun 1, 2015 - 9:12AM

    @Paid Journalism:
    and who paid you? this is the ‘naya’ pakistan of PTI. Thank you. i good with the old one.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jun 1, 2015 - 9:16AM

    This is the gentleman seen standing with Imran Khan on many occasions………Imran Khan what says you ?Recommend

  • Asad S
    Jun 1, 2015 - 9:34AM

    Just an accusation. In urdu we call it “Hawai Firing” ..nothing else by the rest of the ganged up parties.Recommend

  • Enemy of MUNAFIQs
    Jun 1, 2015 - 9:40AM

    THIS IS KPK !
    Where POLICE is accusing SITTING MINISTER whereas in PUNJAB people did DHARNA for 80-126 for JUST AN FIR (KILLING OF INNOCENTS CITZEN) . There is no doubt that gradual change in KPK can be witnessed
    Recommend

  • Layman
    Jun 1, 2015 - 9:50AM

    Its pay back time for media to The Nawaz government on very swift and biased action against there rivals..ET remember you are torch bearer of freedom of speech..Recommend

  • zain
    Jun 1, 2015 - 10:12AM

    @AAlia – do you even understand how the legal course takes place, or have you ever witnessed a case in-person?

    @Pakistani – good boy, stay with old Pakistan. Must be very easy to say things like this just sitting in front of your computer.

    Have you ever lost something extremely valuable that is not replaceable?

    Have you ever done something for Pakistan (joined Pakistan Army, educated less fortunate,etc..)?

    Please enlighten ignorants like me about your ‘old Pakistan’. Recommend

  • sardar zaheer
    Jun 1, 2015 - 10:23AM

    If FIR is registered how can publication still pronounced it above lawRecommend

  • pervaiz
    Jun 1, 2015 - 10:25AM

    We do not want that NAYA KPK, we love our old one KPK.Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Jun 1, 2015 - 11:50AM

    @zain: ‘old Pakistan’ didn’t witness political leadership embarrassing itself by wearing a garb of ‘holier than thou’ over sheer hypocrisy so badly.

    I’d rather stick with old Pakistan too when the corrupt at least didn’t pretend otherwise.Recommend

  • Malveros
    Jun 1, 2015 - 12:22PM

    PTI is a disgrace anywhere it goes. Full of arrogance and deceit.Recommend

  • Patriot
    Jun 1, 2015 - 1:50PM

    @Acorn Guts: What hypocrisy? There is an FIR registered and justice will be done and the guilty will be punished. Just like it was done when other leaders from PTI were arrested by the same KP police in the past. No one is above the law. However, there are always two sides to a story:

    https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1049272278433790

    If you’re ok with the corrupt in old Pakistan, all power to you. We’d rather strive for a new Pakistan where things may not be perfect but at least we won’t be embarrassed for lack of trying.Recommend

  • Saqib
    Jun 1, 2015 - 1:56PM

    @Aalia, and what is your source for that claim? That FIR was registered after the arrest? Recommend

  • Truth
    Jun 1, 2015 - 2:20PM

    @zain:
    Old Pakistan where:
    Corrupt leaders are not labelled as saints.
    People curse the corrupt leaders, not idolize them.
    When leaders lie they are judged so, where lies are not portrayed as ‘truths’.Recommend

  • Waqas
    Jun 1, 2015 - 2:58PM

    Mian Iftikhar was taken into custody while this person is free to roam. No action against him by kpk gov or administration. Recommend

  • Expatriot
    Jun 1, 2015 - 3:07PM

    @pervaiz:
    Then you should move over to Punjab where you can have your old pakistan to your heart’s content. We love our Naya KPK!! KEEP IT UP PTI.Recommend

  • Proud Pakistani
    Jun 1, 2015 - 3:08PM

    @sardar zaheer: Where is he? behind bars or at boss home enjoying party with imran niazi!Recommend

  • Expatriot
    Jun 1, 2015 - 3:14PM

    @Waqas:
    This is the thing with stupid people like you, you can’t differentiate between a murder and a minor offense. No wonder, your leaders also have the same mentality.Recommend

  • Shoaib
    Jun 1, 2015 - 4:57PM

    Many people are at awe of this guy Imran Khan who is an arrogant person. Among his supporters he is worshiped like hindu god Ram. we will see his effigies erected in the temples of the so called educated mass of KPK. Like he cannot make any mistakes and cannot acknowledge his mistakes.Recommend

  • Usman
    Jun 1, 2015 - 5:30PM

    Ah, if any nation is inflicted by lack of perspective, it would be Pakistanis, happily helped by the English print media deliberately spewing out half baked stories. No matter how much E.T. tries to turn KPK Local Bodies elections into a failure, it was a democratic success, and E.T. is finding it hard to swallow (especially Omar Qureshi). I dare the mods to print this btw.Recommend

  • Jibran
    Jun 1, 2015 - 6:21PM

    PTI is the political wing of TTP. What else do you expect from Naya Pakistan.Recommend

  • H Chaudhry
    Jun 1, 2015 - 6:32PM

    Imran must suspend Gandapur right away and send him on unpaid leave. Every minute he is not suspended while investigation is being done tells Imran is not serious and MUST NOT demand others to resign.Recommend

  • Mehmood
    Jun 1, 2015 - 8:59PM

    @Expatriot: Minor offense? You guys made the entire nation a hostage to dharnas and rallies over similar “minor offenses”Recommend

  • Jun 2, 2015 - 2:26PM

    @pakistani:
    Yes this is Naya Pakistan where an MPA presents himself and surrenders to the police. Unlike your old one governed and ruled by killers. Where murderers roam freely and even rule over you. Surely you deserve that Pakistan. Recommend

  • Jun 2, 2015 - 2:34PM

    It doesn’t matter which party i support. I can feel the winds of change in KPK, where Minister for Finance surrenders to the Police for further probing into the accusations. Whereas, we saw culprits of Model Town not only roam free but spill more blood of Pakistani citizens and they’re again on the throne.

    @Malveros Your comment is full of what you’re blaming others for.

    The author is biased for sure. Great Work PTI. Recommend

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