LAHORE – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday warned the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to sever circumstances if it tried to stop ‘peaceful’ protest on May 11 against rigging in the general election.
Speaking to journalists here, he said there was no other way left for them but to take onto streets as they have been knocking every door against the rigging in the last general elections since a year but no one giving them justice.
Imran said he had gone to courts, tribunals, parliament against the alleged rigging but no institution was ready to listen to him. He said that speaker of the National Assembly has taken stay order against his plea. After disappointment from all institutions, his party has decided to stage protest which was their legal right, he said.
The PTI chairman suggested that Article-6 of the constitution must be applied on those who have won the polls with rigging. He said such rulers cannot solve problems of the masses who came into power by dishonest means. He said that PTI would present charter of demands during the May 11 protest at D-Chowk in the capital.
He said that the PML-N government may crumble if it tried to stop or sabotage May 11 rally, adding the government would have to face consequences if workers were barred from participating in the rally. “There is no use of taking part in such elections where polls are always rigged. People seek justice,” said Imran whose PTI rules Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with coalition partner Jamaat-e-Islami.
However, the PTI chief refrained this time from accusing the judiciary of involvement in election irregularities, saying that his party respects judiciary. But he again questioned the role of returning officers and a media house in facilitating PML-N win in 2013 elections. He called for action against election riggers.