Pak: Fazlur Rehman pushes for new elections, alleges manipulation in previous polls

Karachi (Pakistan), May 3: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman has once again rejected the general election results and called for fresh polls, citing “widespread manipulation and irregularities,” as reported by ARY News.

At a public meeting in Karachi, Maulana Fazlur Rehman alleged that the assemblies had been ‘sold out’, including the Sindh Assembly and the President House.

He emphasized the need for immediate re-elections to uphold the integrity of the democratic process. “The recent elections were fake and its results are unacceptable,” he stated, urging fresh elections to ensure that the people’s voice is heard and their mandate is respected, ARY News reported.

Fazlur Rehman also criticized the federal government’s foreign policy, especially its stance on Israel and Palestine. “We are being punished for supporting Palestine and opposing Israel,” he noted, adding, “We are being punished for trying to improve relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.”

Stressing the importance of governance according to the Constitution, Fazlur Rehman stated, “If there has to be governance in the country, it will be only according to the Constitution.”

He emphasized that JUI-F’s struggle is not limited to a single day or month, indicating that their successors will continue the struggle.

Maulana Ghafoor Haidari, a JUI-F leader, emphasized the party’s commitment to protecting the constitution since 1973. “The constitution would have been damaged if we (JUI-F) had not protected it,” he noted.

He pointed out that ‘mass manipulation’ took place on February 8, 2024, ARY News reported.

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