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Thursday, February 15, 2024

PTI Grateful for Public Participation, Raises Election Concerns

In a joint statement released on Thursday, PTI Chief Organiser Umar Ayub Khan and Parliamentary Leader in Senate Barrister Ali Zafar conveyed appreciation on behalf of Imran Khan, who is currently detained in Addiala Jail.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has extended its gratitude to the public for their active involvement in the electoral process.

In a joint statement released on Thursday, PTI Chief Organiser Umar Ayub Khan and Parliamentary Leader in Senate Barrister Ali Zafar conveyed appreciation on behalf of Imran Khan, who is currently detained in Addiala Jail.

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Acknowledging notable interference and pre-election manipulation by state entities, they praised Imran Khan for remaining steadfast in upholding constitutional principles, legality, and democratic norms, setting a new standard for Pakistan.

They noted delays and disruptions at polling stations in various constituencies, especially in Karachi, attributing them to external factors impeding the voting process.

Despite significant challenges, the populace has demonstrated unwavering confidence in Imran Khan’s vision for genuine freedom through their votes, asserted Umar Ayub Khan and Barrister Ali Zafar.

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Both leaders highlighted encouraging preliminary results, with PTI candidates leading convincingly in several constituencies. However, they raised concerns about a noticeable slowdown in the announcement of final results, alongside reports of screen closures at returning officers’ offices in several areas.

Umar Ayub Khan and Barrister Ali Zafar warned against undermining the people’s mandate through covert maneuvers, emphasizing the potential severe consequences of such actions.

While not directly mentioning Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif, the PTI suggested that a “failed fugitive” had returned under “state patronage” through the London plan to secure victory in both contested seats and mitigate his party’s broader electoral setback.

Highlighting the public’s rejection of attempts to fabricate victory through clandestine schemes, Umar Ayub Khan and Barrister Ali Zafar urged PTI workers to remain resolute and focus solely on securing verified election results.

They advised candidates and workers not to leave polling stations without obtaining duly signed and stamped Form 45 or departing returning officers’ offices without acquiring certified Form 47.

Umar Ayub Khan and Barrister Ali Zafar urged the Election Commission of Pakistan to promptly release the results, preventing irregularities from influencing the electoral outcome.

Expressing confidence in the overwhelming support of the people and anticipating significant success, they reiterated their commitment to establishing a democratically elected government, leading to Imran Khan’s release from detention and his ascension to the prime ministership.