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The Pakistan Muslim League-Functional has given call of shutter-down strike on Thursday (today) against rigging in the elections.

PML-N and nationalist groups have supported the protest call and announced to join protest demonstrations and sit-ins all over the province.

Earlier on Tuesday, PML-F Secretary General Imtiaz Shaikh had announced the shutter-down and wheel-jam strike and protests demonstrations. He said that PPP candidates used their government machinery in the elections.

He said that his party had collected evidences and documentary proofs of rigging and irregularities in eight national and 27 provincial assembly constituencies in Sindh.

The PML-N has also given green signal of joining the PML-F protest call and announced that its workers will come on the roads to organise sit-ins and protest demonstrations on Thursday.

PML-N Sindh President Ghaus Ali Shah, who lost on one national and one provincial assembly seat in Khairpur, while addressing the press conference at his residence on Wednesday said that not only his constituency but elections were rigged all over the province.

Announcing support to the shutter down and protest call of the PML-F, former chief minister and PML-N Sindh president said that his party would also stage protests and sit-ins against the riggings today.

He demanded the Chief Election Commissioner to take notice of the complaints regarding the rigging and order re-election in those constituencies.

Shah said that results of constituencies, where they pointed unprecedented rigging with proofs, should not be notified until the thumb impressions of the voters were verified. According to the results declared by the Election Commission of Pakistan till Wednesday, the PML-N has bagged four provincial and one National Assembly seat from Sindh.

He accused the caretaker government and the administration, including the Rangers of being fully partnered in the rigging. He said that despite repeated forewarnings about vote rigging the election commission did not pay any heed to the issue and as a result the elections turned out to be the most controversial ones and now entire Sindh was up in protest.

Meanwhile, the nationalist groups, including Qaumi Awami Tehreek, Sindh United Party and Sindh Tarqi Passand Party have supported the PML-F’s shutter-down call and announced to actively participate in the protests and demonstrations on Thursday.