JUI-F to Discuss Election Rigging Allegations

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JUI-F to Discuss Election Rigging Allegations

Following the alleged manipulation of the Pakistan general elections on February 8, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) will hold provincial executive council meetings on Tuesday to address the accusations and plan a course of action, according to The News International.

JUI-F Chairman Maulana Fazlur Rahman will preside over the meeting, which will include members of the executive council, elected party representatives, and candidates who contested the elections. The gathering aims to discuss the allegations of rigging and formulate a strategy in response.

Prior to the meeting, the JUI-F staged protest rallies in various regions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Malakand and Hazara divisions on Friday, expressing opposition to the alleged election rigging and the Supreme Court verdict in a case involving banned literature, as reported by Dawn.

Protest rallies were organized by the JUI-F central leadership following Friday prayers, with demonstrations taking place in several districts. Similar demonstrations were held in the newly merged districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

JUI-F leaders have claimed that their party suffered defeat due to rigging, alleging that external forces attempted to prevent religious parties from entering Parliament but would not be successful. This claim aligns with the stance taken by other political parties, including the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), who have formed a coalition government while rejecting the election results and announcing nationwide protests.

JUI-F Chairman Rahman has voiced concerns about the legitimacy of Parliament amidst ongoing disputes over the election. He has criticized the alleged direct interference by the military establishment in the selection of representatives, warning that such actions undermine the democratic process, as reported by The Express Tribune.