Senior Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Jehangir Tareen has alleged that he was defeated in the May 11 general elections under a well-planned conspiracy.

Addressing a press conference along with PTI’s information secretary Shireen Mazarai here on Tuesday, Tareen said he was leading by 40,000 votes by May 11 night, but the next morning he lost by over 10,000 votes under a plot.

“Our polling agents were forcefully dragged out of polling stations in NA-154, Lodhran,” he said, terming the May 11 poll as returning officers’ election.

“At my request, vote re-count is under way in my constituency. However, I will announce my next course of action after the recounting,” Tareen said.

The PTI leader claimed that 26,000 bogus votes have so far emerged in the re-counting of this constituency votes. He said his win will be announced soon after the completion of the re-counting. He said severe mismanagement was witnessed during the re-count. He said the seals of the 170 sealed bags were broken, voting bags were torn, there were no stamps of assistant presiding officers on counter files of 26,500 votes and 934 unused ballot papers were missing from the bag.

On this occasion, Shireen Mazari said that blatant rigging was carried out in the election.

She said demand of Rs15 per vote verification from the candidate by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was quite unjust.

She called for the Election Commission to take notice of the massive rigging.