LAHORE - Religious parties have given a mixed reaction to poll results as some extended congratulations to PTI on its victory and others rejected the election process with allegations of rigging.

 MMA, TLP and TLI claimed the elections were rigged in favour of PTI while PAT Dr Tahirul Qadri and JuD-backed Milli Muslim League and leader of some other small religious organisations congratulated Imran Khan over his party’s victory in centre, KP and Punjab.

“I congratulate Imran Khan and his team for their overwhelming success in general election. I wish PTI form government Punjab along with centre and KP,” said PAT head Dr Tahirul Qadri. He added allegations of rigging were common in Pakistan, and losing party always claimed rigging in election; however, Sharifs must pay respect to vote and accept verdict of the people of Pakistan. Now, he said, it was liability of Imran Khan to provide Justice to victim families of Model Town Massacre.

Hafiz Saeed expressed satisfaction over electoral process and praised the security forces and ECP for conducting peaceful and transparent process.

MMA Secretary General Liaqat Baloch and JI Leader Amirul Azeem although congratulated Imran Khan on success but at the same time expressed reservations over poll results. Leaders said the ECP failed to conduct free and transparent elections.

MMA President Maulana Fazalur Rehman already rejected the poll results and claimed the elections were massively rigged. He also called an all parties conference to discuss the future strategy.

TLP Head Allama Khadim Rizvi also claimed rigging in the elections, saying his party will not accept the results. He said all responsibility of any future incident will lie on ECP and other institutions ‘responsible of rigging.’ 

Rasheed urges PML-N to stop crying foul

PTI leader Mehmood ur Rasheed has said that Shehbaz Sharif should stop crying foul and accept the general elections 2018 results.

Addressing a press conference, he urged PML-N leadership to desist from negativity and embrace election results like the other political parties.

He said PML-N should present tangible proofs of mismanagement at polling stations adding that the people of KP had supported and provided another opportunity to PTI Chairman Imran Khan to serve the masses. He said it was unprecedented in the political history of KP that a political party was re-elected into power for the second consecutive term by the masses. He said he would establish contact with PML and PPP to muster support in the Punjab Assembly.

The former Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly said the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf (PTI) would form government in the Punjab, adding that he was in touch with the independent candidates to woo support.

He said the outgoing-rulers had ruined the economy of the country, adding that PTI government, under dynamic leadership of Imran Khan, would fulfill all promises.

About the institutions he said the institutions will be given a free-hand, adding that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) will work independently.

After a 22-year-long struggle the dream of Imran Khan appears to be coming true as the unofficial results of 2018 general elections showed his party gaining a clear lead.

Adding to the confusion about the political future of the country, all the key parties except the PTI expressed strong reservations and levelled allegations of rigging. PML-N even rejected the unofficial result outrightly. Though it was one of the most contentious general elections of the country, Pakistanis came out in good numbers to have their say in shaping of their future – despite serious security threats.

Starting at 8am, the voting came to an end at 6pm after a long and eventful day. Except for one major terror attack that claimed 31 lives in Quetta and sporadic incidents of poll violence, the national exercise largely remained peaceful.

Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (r) Nasirul Mulk and Chief Election Commissioner congratulated the nation on successful conduct of General Elections-2018.

As PTI supporters across the country started early celebrations in anticipation of their victory, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif announced their rejection of the election results – expressing strong apprehensions on the polling process. PPP, MQM, ANP, MMA and TLP followed the suit with raising questions on the fairness of the elections.

ECP Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh was quick to respond to the complaints. He said that all polling agents had been providing Form-45 to polling agents. The form contains the final vote tally at each polling station.

Yaqoob asked all parties to approach the commission with specific complaints against ROs as well as the polling stations where irregularities had allegedly occurring.

He said that the only information he had received so far was that polling agents whose parties “were not performing well” were leaving the stations without taking the forms, and then saying they hadn’t received them.