By: |Syed Tazmeen Javed|
A youngster and my colleague from Karachi, having vast experience in the field of media, Muhammad Anas Rehman has come up with his review over the 2018 elections and massive allegations of rigging in the wake of All Parties Conference, seeking probe over the ‘Rigging Fiasco’,
In a video of around 12 minutes uploaded on his YouTube channel, he analysed the veracity of claims made by opposing parties. I would just dissect and where necessary would endorse his review in the light of available facts we have.
Here is the video link
While presenting the review over pre and post election scenario, Anas seems to put axe of criticism over opposing parties, which are claiming the elections were rigged. Beginning from Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), the critic went so far that he mistakenly mentioned that ex-deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted/convicted on the theft.
However,the Avenfield verdict clearly stated that the prosecution failed to prove any misuse of Public office by PML(N) supreme leader Nawaz, or that he was the beneficial owner of the Avenfield flats. But, as the onus of proof lies over the accused, the court maintained that Nawaz could not provide any money trail in his defense, therefore guilty and sentenced for 10 years. Whether this interpretation amounts to corruption is subjudice, as the matter is pending before the Islamabad High Court. The pertinent reason of the defeat for PML(N) was the confused narrative of two brothers. As Shehbaz Sharif avoided direct confrontation with the state institutions, whereas Nawaz was all against the state institutions in his ‘Vote ko Izzat Do narrative’.
You can also follow Anas on his twitter Account : https://twitter.com/MuhammadARehman?lang=en
Well, as far as the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (Pakistan) is concerned, I do second Anas for the mal -practices they had committed in the past. The personal account he shared is similar to what many had seen about the use of coercion by Altaf led MQM, causing brazen rigging in Karachi and beyond, in past elections. But, it does not make the embattled party itself unpopular in the masses. The sore reason for MQM(P) to suffer defeat was party factions within, less voter turn out, the emergence of strong Tehreek-e-Labbaik ( Radical Religious outfit) and a slight significant call of boycott from Altaf Hussain residing in London.
However, on the Pakistan People’s Party “double standards” I do agree with him, that what he said pertaining to once a federal party. Ansa sought a clarification from PPP, that if the elections were ostensibly rigged, then why the Sindh centric party was able to secure more seats in the provincial assembly as compared to 2013 elections.
PPP secured 72 seats in Sindh assembly this time around and according to all surveys predicted—- the party drowned in corruption scandals was anticipated to secure around 40 seats in the National Assembly. Moreover, in a surprise victory PPP emerged victorious from Sanghar district considered to be strong hold of PML (F).
I can not challenge the veracity of the claim Anas made in the last part of the video, about the defeat of Mehmood Khan Achakzai by the hands of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA)candidates. However, I out rightly second his view over the hypocrisy of seeking Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf to investigate the rigging allegations, whereas the former lost to MMA and now is sharing the stage with the latter, dismissing elections 2018.
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