ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman on Friday demanded the chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) take “suo motu action” against what he claimed was pre-planned rigging in the general election of May 11, 2013.
Addressing a press conference, Imran Khan said the PTI accepted the election results just for the “sake of Pakistan and democracy”, and announced “we will not accept the rigging”. There are 60 cases pending with the election tribunals despite the fact that almost one year has passed since the general elections. The PTI demanded the present government investigate only four constituencies where “the mandate of the masses was stolen by the returning officers (ROs)” deputed for free, fair and transparent elections by the then chief justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary who, Imran said, was involved in “match fixing”.
“We have completed the legal course of action we have knocked every door to seek justice, but no one heeded our voice regarding the rigging and blunders during the last general elections,” Imran Khan said. Similarly, while criticising the role of former CJP and ROs the PTI chairman said the Supreme Court would intervene to save democracy and the system. He demanded that all those officials who “managed poll rigging” should be exposed and taken to task, as they are criminals who snatched the mandate of the people of Pakistan.
Commenting on the election results of NA-118, Imran Khan said PTI candidate Hamid Zaman spent Rs 5.7 million to seek justice, while the RO of the constituency stands responsible for rigging in the election, as out of total 325 bags only 69 were sealed and others were opened. He said 170,000 registered voters were shown but there was no record of 900,000 voters.
While, giving example of NA-68 Sargodha Imran Khan said on polling station number 246 there were 1530 voters while interestingly, the incumbent Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif received 8166 votes from the same polling station. He said this trend of planned rigging would destroy the electoral system.
Responding a question he said “there is no threat to democracy” as the “nation has decided to live with democracy”. Answering a question PTI chairman said “this is no Democracy” and PTI will always stand with and respect democracy. He also demanded that SC should take action against a media group which was a partner of poll rigging scheme. In response to a question Khan said PTI will never take part in any scheme to derail the democratic set up but will never forgive its hard stance against the poll rigging to make the future of this nation dynamic “we will take stand against it”.
Imran reiterated his allegation that former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry provided support to the returning officials involved in rigging. He said that the election tribunals did not dispose of the cases within 120 days. He said that according to the Free and Fair Election network (Fafen), 71,000 complaints were filed against the election results. “Jang and Geo group was also part of the rigging process,” the PTI chief alleged. He said that PTI will announce its future plan of action in a massive gathering scheduled on May 11 at D-Chowk in Islamabad. PTI General Secretary Jahangir Tareen, Secretary Information Shireen Mazari and other leadership of the party was also present on the occasion.
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