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Following the unfolding results of elections 2018, Pakistani media has been witnessing several accusations of rigging. Pervez Musharraf formally rejected all charges of poll rigging in General Elections 2018.
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Former President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf was seen in an exclusive interview reporting his distaste for the growing trend of accusations of rigging. He says that this has become a bad habit for those who lose in Pakistan, that they start cribbing on the account of rigging. He believes the polling results to be quite realistic as of July 2018.
#EXCLUSIVE – The results are very realistic. There has been no rigging: Former Pak President Pervez Musharraf (@P_Musharraf) to CNN-News18's @Zakka_Jacob #PakPicksImran #MusharrafOnNews18 pic.twitter.com/Q8xscNe7Ug
— News18 (@CNNnews18) July 26, 2018
This has generally become a trait in the Pakistani political system that whenever a certain party loses, they claim that poll rigging has taken place.
Indeed, rigging is an issue of grave concern and should be treated carefully, however, baseless allegations would be entertained as these accusations turn out to be exactly like, “the boy who called Wolf”.
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During the General Elections of 2013 Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz had won causing a great deal of disappointment to their rival party Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf. Nawaz Sharif and party underwent multiple accusations for poll rigging, which was never proven via investigations of submissions of concrete evidence. These accusations were based on conspiracy theories by the haters, as well.
When PML-N was accused of rigging the General Elections of 2018, daughter of former premier Nawaz Sharif was seen tweeting about the lack of sportsmanship of PTI leader, Imran Khan.
However, just like Pervez Musharraf shared with the media, the losing political party is at it again.
PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif, while addressing a press conference in Lahore late on 25th July 2018, Wednesday, expressed strong reservations over the polling process.
He said that his party doesn’t accept the preliminary results shared by the Election Commission of Pakistan. He was seen complaining that Form-45 was not shared with the agents of PML-N in many constituencies, therefore, PML-N was forced to reject such results.
Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) wholly rejects the results of General Elections 2018 due to manifest & massive irregularities. Form 45 was not given to our agents, results were stopped & votes were counted in the absence of our poll agents. This is both unbearable & unacceptable!
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) July 25, 2018
“Form 45 should be provided if rigging is not being carried out behind closed doors,” said Maryam Aurangzeb from PML-N.