ISLAMABAD  - The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), while rejecting the results of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) general elections, has decided to protest ‘manipulation’ of electoral exercise. 

The party ticket-holders in the July 25 general elec­tions gathered in Islamabad on Thursday to chalk out a strategy against what the party viewed as the ruling PTI’s large-scale rigging. The opposition party, which ruled the region for the last 5 years have announced a protest movement. PML-N senior vice president Sha­hid Khaqan Abbasi was also present at the get together. 

According to party sources, the ticket-holders expressed their reserva­tions over polling process and termed their defeat in the polls an outcome of PTI’s rigging. 

Accuses PTI of manipulating electoral exercise

It is to mention here that the PTI emerged as the big­gest party in AJK after win­ning 25 seats in the Sun­day’s general election in the region. The party routed the PML-N which could only se­cure 6 LA seats. On Tuesday, the PML-N key leaders in­cluding Shahid Khaqan Ab­basi, Ahsan Iqbal and AJK’s former premier Raja Fa­rooq Haider had addressed a press conference in the AJK’s capital Muzaffarabad and rejected the election results. “We reject the elec­tion results. We will launch a movement against this rigging in Pakistan as well as across the world and ex­pose Imran Khan,” said Raja Farooq Haider. 

PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz on the very next day of the elections had said that the party has not accepted the election results. “I have not accepted the AJK election results… and I will not. I had neither accepted the results of the 2018 general election nor this fake government. The PML-N will soon announce a strategy on this shame­ful rigging in the AJK polls,” PML-N vice president Mary­am Nawaz had tweeted.