LAHORE, May 29,2013 (Sumeera Riaz / UPI NEXT) — The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf party, the runner-up in Pakistan’s May 11 general elections, has been staging peaceful sit-in demonstrations in the country’s largest cities, Lahore and Karachi, to protest alleged poll rigging.
Hundreds of PTI supporters and activists have held the protests, mainly in Lahore and Karachi.
Meanwhile, on May 19, the Election Commission of Pakistan repeated polling at 45 stations of a Karachi constituency where the PTI had complained of poll rigging. PTI Sindh Vice President, Zahra Shahid, was gunned down outside her Karachi residence a day before the second vote, highlighting post-election insecurity and triggering further PTI protests in the two metropolitan centers. PTI candidate Arif Alvi, another senior PTI leader, won the second vote.
The PTI, led by former cricketer Imran Khan, is demanding that the Election Commission hold a recount in 25 other constituencies, most in the country’s eastern Punjab province.