Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz)'s Agents are fueling rivalaries between contestants in Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's Election Rumble, as tempers ran hot at the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s Second Attempt to hold Party Elections. Several strong groups are contending for top party slots in Punjab. The differences were expressed by throwing chairs and hurling abuse at each other.
At Shah Rukn-e-Alam Colony, Multan, the Political Hub of South Punjab, Election had been delayed last month following a brawl between Party Workers. For the second time, the main contestants, Ijaz Janjua and Khalid Warraich, picked a fight in front of voters. Janjua said Warraich was not eligible to contest elections, even vote, because he was registered as a voter in Union Council-11 and a Court had issued a stay order regarding his Election.
Supporters of the both Candidates were seen chanting slogans against each other and openly bribing voters.
PTI Election Commissioner Masood Sadiq had an interesting comment on the incident. He said the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) Leaders in Multan had arranged for the ruckus to sabotage their peaceful Elections. "They have been sending their ‘Agents’ to disrupt the process. Despite that, over 4,000 votes were cast today" said Sadiq.
Some of the party workers were seen wrecking and torching vehicles owned by Opposing Candidates and their supporters. They lashed out at each other for several hours before a group turned on the ballot box. They broke the box, tore some of the ballots and threw others to the wind. Sadiq, the Election Commissioner, was also said to have been attacked. Officially, the Elections have been postponed till further announcement.
Skirmishes among Rival Groups weren’t confined to Multan. Elections further in Muzafargarh were postponed for the Third Time. Rival Candidates and their workers had accused each other of rigging the Election and attacking each other’s supporters. Major candidates in the district include Nawabzada Ahmad Khan and Shahid Mustafa Qureshi. Qureshi accused Khan of stealing Ballot Papers before a brawl broke out between their Supporters.