PTI has characterized the purported ongoing efforts to manipulate election results, flipping the triumphs of its candidates into defeats, as an evil plot designed to thrust the nation into a morass of political turmoil and economic instability. Despite these allegations, the party decided on Monday to contest positions such as speaker, prime minister, and others.
Additionally, PTI has formed special committees to devise strategies for government formation in the Centre, Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. A party spokesperson emphasized the importance of conducting a free, fair, and transparent election as the democratic and constitutional means to navigate the country out of its current crises. However, the spokesperson criticized the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for what they deemed as “incompetence and a nefarious agenda.”
In a related development, a PTI delegation met with President Dr. Arif Alvi, addressing concerns about alleged rigging. The party’s spokesperson asserted that the people of Pakistan had spoken clearly through their votes, accusing compromised returning officers of attempting to turn the majority into a minority, thus undermining democracy and the integrity of the election process.
The spokesperson expressed suspicion from the international community towards the elections due to the perceived bias and interference of the ECP. Urging the Supreme Court to intervene, the spokesperson warned against a power-sharing arrangement between what they termed as “touts and banarsi thugs,” insisting on respect for the elected majority.
The PTI’s core committee decided to raise the rigging issue at various forums to prevent similar challenges in the future. They also agreed to nominate candidates for key parliamentary positions. The spokesperson called for the resignation of Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, accusing him of violating the public mandate by opposing electronic voting machines.
During the meeting with President Alvi, the PTI delegation conveyed reservations about alleged rigging in the polls. The President’s House reported that discussions revolved around Pakistan, its people, and their interests. The PTI urged the president to address their concerns regarding election integrity.