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Jammat-e-Islami Plans Protests Across Karachi Alleging Election Rigging

The Jammat-e-Islami (JI) has announced plans to stage protests at eight different locations across Karachi today, citing allegations of rigging in the recently held general elections. The scheduled protests are set to commence at 4 pm.

In an official statement posted on the X platform, the JI detailed its protest locations, including prominent areas such as Star Gate on Shahrah-e-Faisal, Korangi Dhai Number, Water Pump on Shahrah-e-Pakistan, UP Mor in North Karachi, Orangi at Poney Paanch Chowrangi, Hasan Square, Quaidabad Chowrangi, and Imtiaz Supermarket in Nazimabad Saath Number.

The general elections in Pakistan involved contests for 265 general seats in the lower house of Parliament. Provisional results released by the Election Commission of Pakistan indicate that over 90 independent candidates, backed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party led by former Prime Minister Imran Khan, secured victories.

Collaborating with the PTI, the religio-political party staged protests against alleged election rigging outside the provincial election commission office in Karachi on the preceding Saturday. Many protesters voiced concerns and called for a recount of votes or by-elections, asserting that their rival candidates were declared winners despite trailing by substantial margins.

The JI’s decision to stage widespread protests underscores the intensity of dissatisfaction within certain political circles regarding the transparency and fairness of the electoral process. As tensions rise, the demand for a thorough investigation into the alleged irregularities gains momentum.

With the spotlight on these protests, the political landscape in Karachi remains charged, prompting discussions on electoral integrity and the need for comprehensive reforms to address concerns raised by various political factions. As the situation unfolds, observers closely monitor developments, anticipating potential outcomes that could impact the political climate in the region.

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