ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said on Thursday that his party had demanded trial of all those involved in poll rigging, under Article 6, saying the upcoming gathering on May 11 is not aimed at forming its government but to strengthen Pakistan, electoral system and democracy.
He was talking to media outside the Supreme Court (SC) building after appearing in the court on Thursday. He said his party would present a “charter of demand” on May 11 that would help to strengthen the “democratic norms” in the country “and ensure the future general elections are free, fair and transparent”. Imran Khan said “true democracy” did not exist in the country, rather an “artificial democratic” system was devised through poll rigging, and the mandate of the masses was stolen.
He said the PTI would never accept the “rigging which took place during the May 2013 general elections”. He said his party only demands investigations and thumbprint verifications in only four constituencies, but no one heeded their voice. He said that the PTI had no intention to spread anarchy in the country; and is only demanding justice, and would not surrender till achieving the goal. The PTI chairman said those who thought that the “tsunami” had died down would be shocked to see a huge crowd on May11. He said his party’s “movement” would continue till the change takes place.
Meanwhile, responding to the allegations levelled by Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique, PTI General Secretary Jahangir Khan Tareen termed it them false and said that the present government was misleading the masses regarding “planned poll rigging during the general election of May 2013”. He added that the ruling party’s members of parliament are worried about the planned PIT protest.
Tareen said the “ruling parliamentarians” are using parliament to disseminate misinformation, and are levelling baseless allegations that cannot be proved. He made these comments during a press conference with PTI Central Secretary Information Dr Shireen Mazari in Islamabad. The PTI said that the details provided by Saad Rafique in relation to the NA-154 constituency were misleading. Responding to Rafique’s allegations, the PTI general secretary demanded that the minister apologise to the nation “for having delivered fabricated statements in parliament”. The leaders of the PTI confirmed that they have invited all political parties to participate in the protest.
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