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PML-N misplaced NA-249 by-election as a result of mismanagement, overconfidence: Saeed Ghani

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KARACHI: The PPP has fired pictures on the PML-N, after the latter accused the previous of profitable the NA-249 by-election by unfair means. 

“The PML-N lost the NA-249 by-election owing to its own mismanagement and overconfidence,” mentioned the minister, addressing a information convention. 

The minister’s press convention got here just a few days after the NA-240 by-election was held in Karachi, the place PPP’s Qadir Mandokhail emerged victorious, triggering allegations the celebration had resorted to unfair means from rival events. 

The PML-N had additionally lashed out on the PPP, accusing it of rigging the by-poll. 

Ghani mentioned there have been movies doing the rounds on the web wherein a PPP polling agent will be seen being stopped by a Rangers official, who finds out the agent is carrying some cash. 

The minister mentioned PML-N leaders had been selling the video and had been claiming it was proof that the PPP had purchased the NA-249 victory by its polling brokers. 

“Anyone who has ever contested an election knows that whenever a polling agent contests a vote, there is a fee for that [which must be paid],” he mentioned. “I don’t know the amount of the fee, but it must be a few hundred rupees. That is what our polling agents had,” he mentioned, rejecting claims the PPP’s polling brokers had handed out bribes. 

On allegations that he in some way obtained ahold of the election outcomes earlier than they got here out, Ghani mentioned he had tweeted the numbers that had been out there to him from the shape 45 issued by the Election Fee of Pakistan. 

He mentioned the PML-N had no proper to lift a hue and cry in regards to the election outcomes, including that it was unusual that nobody bothered to lift their voices when the PPP candidate was trailing behind Miftah Ismail. 

“This is very strange. Not a word of protest was said when the PML-N candidate was in the lead and when the voting process was underway,” he mentioned. “It was after the election concluded and the results were announced that everyone started complaining.”

Ghani rejects allegations of PPP hanging a ‘deal’

Ghani mentioned the PPP additionally needed solutions as to why the PML-N had began celebrating a victory in NA-249, upfront of the announcement of the outcomes. 

The minister suggested the PML-N towards taunting the PPP of “making a deal” to win the polls, including that it was the PML-N itself that had benefitted from such offers up to now. 

He recounted how former prime ministers Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto had misplaced their lives in Pakistan and former president Asif Ali Zardari had been jailed for a number of years with out ever being convicted. 

The minister challenged the PML-N to “pull up a chart” and see which of the 2 events, the PML-N and the PPP, had benefitted probably the most after the ’80s. 

“If the elections can’t be won without striking a deal with the establishment, then the PML-N should tell us how it managed to win three elections?” he requested. 

NA-249 by-poll: Election stolen from PML-N, alleges Maryam Nawaz

After the PPP candidate emerged victorious within the NA-249 by-poll, PML-N vp Maryam Nawaz mentioned the election had been “stolen” from the PML-N. 

In an announcement on Twitter, Maryam had mentioned the election was stolen from PML-N by just a few hundred votes.

“ECP must withhold the results of one of the most disputed & controversial elections. Even if it doesn’t, this victory will be temporary and will Insha’Allah come back to PML-N soon.”

She added that the “vote is getting respect and will continue to receive it”.

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