ISLAMABAD -PPP leader Mir Baz Mohammad Khan Khetran on Sunday alleged that elections in Balochistan were rigged.

Talking to reporters at the National Press Club here he alleged that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had not been able live upto its duty to ensure free, fair and transparent elections.

He alleged that in his constituency - NA-263 (Loralai in Barkhan district) there was stuffing of stamped ballot papers.

Maulana Ameer Zaman of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl had won from NA-263 with 29,504 votes. Khetran obtained 22,101 votes followed by Sardar Yaqoob Nasir of PML-N with 22,025 votes.

Mir Baz Khan Khetran claimed that he could identify the officials who had allegedly replaced ballot boxes with already-filled boxes. The PPP leader accused the officials of the local administration their role in rigging.

He alleged that when he tried to present proofs of rigging before the ECP, one of its members did not entertain his complaint. Showing dozens of spoiled ballot papers to journalists, Khetran demanded ECP to verify the thumb impressions on ballot papers in his constituency, through NADRA's biometric system.

The PPP leader condemned registration of cases against Mudassir Rizvi, the chief executive of Free and Fair Election Network, saying Rizvi was being victimised because he had pointed out irregularities in elections.

Nizami hopes incoming govt to take steps for resolving issues

Caretaker federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting‚ Arif Nizami expressed hope that incoming PML-N-led government would take steps to resolve the issues‚ the country facing these days. It was a good sign that the leadership of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) were showing political maturity‚ he added.

In a media interview‚ Nizami said that new government had to develop political consensus to resolve challenges to the country including economy and terrorism.

He said that negotiation with Taliban would be held under the limitations of constitution. Nizami appreciated the former PPP-led government for introducing amendments in the constitution to strengthen the state institutions‚ adding that no political victimization was made in previous regime. Replying to a question‚ he was of the view that PML-N had played a role of strict opposition during former regime. He said that people had rejected the slogan of south Punjab in general elections‚ adding that the people had given the mandate for strong Pakistan.

He suggested the political stakeholder to introduce the policies which remove the chances of political confrontation in the country. He hoped that opposition in National Assembly comprising Pakistan People's Party (PPP)‚ Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) would play a responsible role in the House. The opposition could ensure the accountability of the government‚ he added.