The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) has rebuffed the outcome of the February 8 elections, asserting that unprecedented rigging tainted the polls.
Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, the Secretary General of JUI-F, declared in a statement on Saturday that JUIF chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman will imminently convene a meeting of the Central General Council to chart the future course of action.
Haideri highlighted that prominent leaders of national mainstream parties were forcibly defeated while obscure candidates were facilitated to secure victories in their constituencies. He also noted the shutdown of mobile phone services on polling day aimed to manipulate the results.
Questioning the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) efficacy, Haideri criticized the commission for setting new precedents. He recalled similar occurrences in the 2013 and 2018 general elections and queried the ECP’s motivation to usher in an unelected government comprising individuals serving as mere figureheads.
Meanwhile, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has summoned a meeting of the central working committee and senior leaders in Islamabad on February 14 to deliberate on the aftermath of the February 8 elections, as per a statement by the party spokesman.
Expressing reservations about the election results, the JUI-F leadership perceives an attempt to marginalize their influence.