QAT Claims Its Agents Were Roughed, Detained By PPP Workers In Hyderabad

QAT Chief Ayaz Latif Palijo claims PPP supporters allegedly attacked their polling agents in Qasimabad and kept female polling agents against their will

QAT Claims Its Agents Were Roughed, Detained By PPP Workers In Hyderabad

Qaumi Awami Tahreek (QAT) Chief and a candidate for PS-60 Qasimabad in Hyderabad Chief Ayaz Latif Palijo, has accused the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and its candidate in the constituency of attempting to rig the election and of roughing up his polling agents.

Palijo, who is contesting the polls from the platform of the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), said that at polling stations where he was in the lead, workers of the PPP and supporters of the PPP candidate Jam Khan Shoro — former provincial irrigation minister — allegedly roughed up agents of QAT. Some female polling agents of QAT have also been allegedly held hostage by those claiming to be aligned with Shoro.

Palijo claimed that supporters of Shoro had stormed a polling station in the Qasimabad area of Hyderabad within the PS-60 constituency. QAT chief claimed that their polling agents, Bakhtwar and Khadim Samoon, were held against their will.

Palijo alleged that doors of the polling station, where his party was in the lead, were locked from the inside. 

Palijo urged the Election Commission of Pakistan to take notice of the incident.

Meanwhile, Shoro is said to be leading the polls in early, unofficial and partial results.

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