A nationwide protest on 10 March has been announced by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party against the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).


The protest was announced after the ECP decided against the allocation of reserved seats to the PTI-backed Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC). The PTI has also accused the commission of diverting the mandate given to PTI by the voters to other parties, like Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

So What:

  • Demonstrations by supporters of PTI are likely to occur in all major provinces and cities like Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi.
  • Heightened security measures are expected at government buildings, transport hubs, offices of political parties, and public squares. Prohibitory measures, traffic restrictions, and suspension of internet and mobile connectivity can be expected.
  • Protest rallies by the PTI supporters on highways can be anticipated, leading to delays in transport.
  • Escalation of protest between PTI supporters and police authorities cannot be ruled out.


Based on the general elections conducted on 08 February, no single party had won the majority votes. Candidates backed by former Prime Minister Imran Khan won the most seats. However, a coalition government was formed after an alliance between PML-N, PPP, and smaller parties. Shehbaz Sharif was appointed as the Prime Minister. Demonstrations by PTI members against the newly formed coalition government are expected to continue as they allege the stealing of their mandate and electoral rigging. Organizations are advised to remain updated on the political situation and protests planned and prepare appropriate contingency plans.

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