Pakistan oppn parties plan protest on May 11 over poll rigging

Islamabad,Exactly a year after the historic general elections, a majority of Pakistan's opposition parties sans the PPP will hold a massive rally here on May 11 against the
Nawaz Sharif government over the issue of alleged rigging and corruption.

Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Pervez Musharraf's All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) and Canada-based cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri's Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) will be protesting over what they call was alleged "rigging" in the last year polls that catapulted the PML-N to power. However, the ruling party feels that such protest will only hamper the fledgling democracy in the country. 

The protest campaign comes amid uneasiness in civil-military relations and an ongoing battle between the powerful security establishment and Geo TV, the leading media group in Pakistan, after the assassination attempt on its leading anchor Hamid Mir. Cricketer-turned-politician Khan has said that the May 11 protest is "for the future of Pakistan and for strengthening democracy by seeking to ensure fair, free and transparent elections". Musharraf's party has termed the May 11 polls as "fraudulent". 

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