ISLAMABAD: Supporters of rival groups during elections of Islamabad Estate Agent Associations scuffled with each other and damaged the Convention Centre Islamabad building here on Thursday.
During the scuffle, the glass of the entrance gate of the centre was damaged. Speaking to Dawn, CDA Member Engineering Syed Munawar Shah said that CDA has directed the person who got the centre booked for elections to make repairs immediately.
“Those who damaged the glass will fix it otherwise we have to other options – one we can forfeit their security amount and secondly we can get a first information report (FIR) registered against those involved in breaking the glass,” the member said.
He, however, said that real estate agents have agreed to get the glass fixed. Elections between two rival groups – founder group led by Sardar Tahir and progressive group led by Atif Jamil Butt were being held. It is said that a police official was also injured after being hit by a piece of broken glass.
Later on, the Butt Group held a press conference in National Press Club alleging polling of fake votes by the opposition group.
However, polling was restarted and till the filing of this report, the results were not announced. Supporters of Sardar Tahir Group claimed that the Butt Group in fear of defeat, tried to halt the election process. A real estate agent said that there were 3,200 registered voters and out of them 400 because of expired renewal of membership, were not illegible to poll votes.
Published in Dawn, December 23rd, 2022
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