ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) leader Siddiqul Farooq on Wednesday said the general elections in Gilgit-Baltistan were rigged to a large extent.
Addressing a press conference at the PML-N Secretariat in Islamabad, he said the PML-N will not recognise the Pakistan People’s Party’s government in Gilgit-Baltistan as de jure.
Farooq said the state machinery was used by Qamar Zaman Kaira to help the PPP candidates. He said Kaira should have been impartial but he supervised the PPP election campaign prior to the polling.
Farooq said the electoral lists and postal ballots were forged and were made in haste. He alleged that the PPP candidates were given money from the Baitul Mal to run their election campaigns.
Criticising Prime Minister Gilani’s visit to Gilgit-Baltistan before the elections, Siddiqul Farooq said it was pre-poll rigging as a lucrative package was announced for the region and the people were promised jobs.