Written by admin on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

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Opposition stage protests at Constitution Avenue, Peshawar-Islamabad motorway
SOURCE: The Express Tribune
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

PESHAWAR / ISLAMABAD: The opposition parties have launched protests against alleged rigging in the July 25 polls by blocking the Peshawar-Islamabad motorway and staging a demonstration outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in Islamabad.

Workers belonging to Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Awami National Party (ANP) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) have gathered outside the ECP office bringing Constitution Avenue in Islamabad to a standstill.

Former lawmakers including PML-N’s Saad Rafique, Ahsan Iqbal, Chaundry Tanvir, Mushahid Hussain, Khawaja Asif and Raja Zafarul Haq, PPP’s Yousuf Raza Gillani, Qamar Zaman Qaira, Farhatullah Babar, Aitzaz Ahsan and Naveed Qamar, Javed Hashmi and ANP’s Mian Iftikhar are participating in the demonstration at Constitution Avenue.

While Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) head Maulana Fazlur Rehman have joined their workers outside ECP, PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif has reportedly left Lahore to join the protest in Islamabad.

Addressing the crowd, Leader of the Opposition and senior PPP leader Sherry Rehman demanded resignation of senior ECP officials.

In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, ANP and JUI-F supporters have blocked Peshawar-Islamabad motorway. The decision to stage a demonstration was taken in a provincial meeting of JUI-F headed by party chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on August 4. Rejecting the results of general polls, it announced to block all major roads of the province.

ANP had also directed its party workers to support demonstrations across K-P and outside the ECP.

According to the scheduled protests, party workers will block Indus Highway at Qureshi Chowk in DI Khan, Lakki Marwat and Tank districts will be blocked at Pezu. Dir, Paen, Swat and Chitral will be locked through Chakdara Bridge on Malakand Road while obstructing GT road in Akora Khattak will halt access to Nowshera.

Blockades at Rashkai and Swabi interchanges will derail M1 motorway while Shahra-e-Raisham will be jammed at Mansehra, Batgram and Kohistan.


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