Iftikhar Ch, Ramday, Sethi key players in poll rigging: Imran

* PTI chief demands an independent commission probe the matter, culprits be tried and punished under Article 6


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan declared on Monday that former chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, former judge of the top court Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday and journalist Najam Sethi played the major role as a team in orchestrating poll rigging during the general elections of May 2013. 
Imran especially appealed and cautioned the bureaucracy and police not to become personal servants of the Sharif family, and refuse any unlawful order that may be communicated in the run-up to the long march. Addressing a press conference at his Bannigalla residence on Monday, the PTI chief said his party would not support martial law in the country as it is no solution of the problems faced by the nation, and observed that democracy through fair, free and transparent polls would ensure a prosperous Pakistan.
Imran Khan said the PTI never believed in violence and agitation, but peaceful protest is one the fundamental rights of the masses. He said the present government was formulated through “fraudulent mandate” and “match fixing” and called Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif the “Hosni Mubarik” of Pakistan, referring to former Egyptian autocrat who was ousted in a massive public uprising in 2011. He termed the last general elections an election of returning officers (ROs) and alleged that they were supervised by Justice (r) Khalilur Rehman Ramday, who played a role in poll rigging. 
Imran called for an independent commission to investigate the matter and said those involved in poll rigging must be punished under Article VI of the constitution. He added that if the mandate of the masses is stolen there would no real democracy in the country. He said in a real democracy the ruling class must be answerable and accountable to the public.

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