PESHAWAR, May 11: Scores of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf activists have converged in the federal capital Islamabad to protest what they call rigging in the May 2013 elections.
Reports in the Pakistani media say thousands of PTI workers from FATA region, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other areas of the country have reached the famous D Chowk in the federal capital.
The party chief, Imran Khan, told the rally that the elections had been rigged last year. He demanded removal of the election commissioner of Pakistan.
The federal government has deployed more than 7,000 police and Frontier Constabulary personnel in Islamabad. The routes leading to red zone have been blocked and each participant of the rally has to traverse the walk-through gate, which is a scanner that can detect explosive material and weapons.
The federal government and leaders of a number of political parties have criticized Imran Khan for staging the rally over allegations of rigging one year after the general elections in Pakistan. They say the campaign of Imran Khan may prove detrimental to democracy in Pakistan, which has seen military dictators topple elected governments quite frequently since its inception.