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GB election results cause clash between PPP and police

ISLAMABAD: The unofficial results of the A-2, Gilgit-2 constituency in the Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) election resulted in a clash between the workers of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) clashed and the police on Monday.
At least four vehicles, including one belonging to an interim minister, and a building of the forest department were torched by unidentified persons as the protest turned violent.
Gilgit Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mirza Hussain said that the violence started after a clash between protesters and security forces escalated, but there were no injuries, and no one was arrested. The police have sealed off roads in the region.
PPP’s GB chapter President Advocate Amjad, however, told a different story. He said that several party workers were injured because of the police’s tear gas shelling. He added that demonstrations will be held in 12 districts from 12-4 pm on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, PPP GB Information Secretary Saadia Danish said that the party workers had arranged a peaceful protest against alleged rigging in GBLA-II, but the police used force to stop them. She said that the police resorted to baton-charge and aerial firing, which led to the violence. She held the local administration responsible for the law and order situation, and revealed that the party has decided to expand the protest to other districts if the issue remains unresolved.
It is worth mentioning here that the report of returning officer of GBLA-II recommended a forensic examination of postal ballot papers as their legitimacy was doubtful. Later, on Monday, the chief election commissioner of GB called the candidates of the constituency and told them that he did not receive any report from the RO, but the votes were nevertheless counted. The candidates objected to the CEC’s statement, saying that it is highly unlikely that he did not receive the RO’s report.
A winner from the constituency is yet to be announced. Both PPP and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have levelled rigging allegations in the GB election.