PESHAWAR, Pakistan: The tripartite alliance of opposition parties in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has refused to call back its strike for Wednesday despite the request made by the provincial government.
The opposition alliance which includes Awami National Party (ANP), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has announced rallies and shutter down strikes across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from June 10 against the alleged rigging in recently held local bodies elections.
With an aim to convince to opposition to remove their reservations regarding the alleged rigging in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa local government elections held on May 30, the Chief Minister Pervez Khattak convened an all parties’ conference in Peshawar on Tuesday.
The conference was attended by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Awami Jamhoori Ittehad Pakistan (AJIP) and Qaumi Wattan Party (QWP) but the tripartite opposition alliance boycotted that.
It was agreed in the conference that a judicial commission will be formed to probe the allegations regarding rigging in the polls. However, the opposition alliance rejected constitution of the judicial commission and insisted that it will go ahead with its shutter down strike plan from Wednesday till the resignation of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led provincial government and re-election in the province.
The sources said that partial strike is being observed in Peshawar today as traffic can be seen plying on roads.
Khattak directs law enforcing agencies to provides full security
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak while presiding over a meeting in Peshawar directed law enforcing agencies to provide full security to participants of the opposition strike today.
The chief minister said that police should remain vigilant as terrorist acts can’t be ruled out during the strike. He also asked shopkeepers to close their shops to avert any untoward incident.