PTI Legislators on Thursday afternoon made them way through barbed wire and barricades to get outside election Committee of Pakistan office in Islamabad and registered their protest against selective body. They parted, handing him a memorandum.
Protesters included PTI leaders Faisal Javed Khan, Fawad Chaudhry, Pervez Khattak, Asad Umar, Azam Swati, Shibli Faraz and Kanwal Shauzab among others. They chanted “import khukumat namanzurslogans during the march towards the CCP office.
The demonstrators were also with sign boards with requirements of Resignation of Chief Commissioner for Elections Sikandar Sultan Raja. A little of in banners read “The Bias of the Chief Electoral Commissioner is Unacceptable” and “ESP Collaborators of PML-N, PPS.
However, at the headquarters gate they were stopped by a contingent of police and rangers personnel.
Separately PTI legislators also collected outside ESP offices in Karachi and Lahore.
PTI presents memorandum against CEC
After reaching the ECP office, PTI legislators submitted a memorandum against Rajah for playing “unconstitutional, undemocratic and biased” role like the CEC.
document, copy of which the available with Dawn.comsaid the PTI was the biggest political party in Pakistan according to votes he received in in general and by-elections.
“Under the direction of of CEC Raja, ECP took a biased stance against PTI for in past eight years, as can be seen from his decisions”.
It stated that the ECJ verdict of August 2 in The PTI Banned Funding case was against law and aims torevenge”from party. “From investigation to sentencing, the case is surrounded by serious doubts,” the memo says, adding that Imran Khan also, on repeatedly expressed his doubts with CEP and CEC.
It was alleged that the CEC meeting influenced the verdict. with in coalition sides last a week. And PTI, he continued, through no-confidence resolutions in assemblies of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab declared their loss of trust in selective body.
“Consequently, for better future, it is important that all current officials of ECP resigns,” demanded PTI, adding that an impartial commission could put an end to political instability. in country.
After the presentation of the memorandum, PTI lawmakers dispersed, ending the protest.
Security enhanced up in red zone
This morning, in expectation of protest, security was stepped up up and shipping containers have been placed in Red zone.
PTI, which has demanded Raja’s resignation, plans to hold a protest. outside election observation service office today (August 4). The PTI protest was named in expectation of prohibited funding verdict.
the government, however, said it wont allow the protesters entered the red zone.
On the other hand, in Interview last night, party head Imran Khan said that only the parliamentary delegation of PTI will go to ECP office and convey that party lost confidence in selective body.
But the authorities did not take the risk, as the containers were reportedly set up blocking entry into the high security red zone area, and citizens were directed to use Margalla Road in order to enter.
The Islamabad SSP (Operation) said in a statement that there is no one entry into the red zone will be allowed. He said 2,000 Islamabad Police, Frontier Corps and Rangers have been deployed.
upcoming of protest, said the head of the PTI Imran Khan, the CEC and the ESP, in connivance with in government“conspired to try a technical knockout against PTI after PML-N routing in by-elections in Punjab”.
“Now they cringe in fear that the same will happen to the entire Pakistani democracy movement in general elections,” he said.
“Today I call on all of our people come out in [a] peaceful public protest against CEC and ESP in Park F-9 at 18:00. I will address the audience from 19:00 to 19:30,” he said. added.
PTI Denied Permission to Protest in Nadra Chowk
Imran’s statement came after Islamabad authorities rejected PTI’s request to organize a protest. against ECP at nearby Nadra Chowk and proposed F-9 Park and H-9 Site as alternative locations.
Interior Minister Rana Sanaulla said yesterday that government received information that PTI planned to create an “anarchic situation” outside ESP, warning of harsh act in case of any violence or attempt to cross the “red line”.
Sanaulla also said the demonstrators were free to protest in the nearby F-9 park or on the parade ground, where he assured them that they would be given full assistance.
Similarly, Islamabad District Magistrate (DM) Irfan Nawaz Memon issued reply to the partyapp for organizing a protest in Nadra Chowk and searching for provisions of safety.
The letter dated 3 August stated that Article 144 had been introduced on All types of public meetings in federal capital, including in and around the Red Zone on 23 July.
“The instant application has been reviewed in detail in context of orders issued by the Respected Supreme Court and the Respected High Court of Islamabad. Moreover, it should be mentioned here that various government offices/buildings, including the election commission and embassies, are located in and around the Red Zone.
“AT view of above, application for holding [a] public meeting in Nadra Chowk, Islamabad, I hereby ‘sorry’,” said DM.
However, the Islamabad administration has proposed the F-9 parks and the H-9 range as alternative sites, emphasizing terms and conditions for in public meeting.
“Therefore, I ask you kindly to inform one of the two places mentioned […] where are you willing to spend [the] public collection so that security measures can be taken made respectively,” DM said.