Imran sees no justification for Nawaz to continue as prime minister

PTI chief says ex-CJ played role in pre-planned rigging

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said that there is no moral and legal justification for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to continue his office after ‘startling disclosures’ of retired additional secretary of Election Commission Afzal Khan regarding ‘massive’ rigging in May 11, 2013 general election.

Addressing his party activists in ‘red zone’ area in front of the Parliament House on Monday, Imran said that the retired Election Commission official proved the rigging in election and his statement authenticated PTI’s claims being repeatedly raised in media, courts and assemblies for the last 14 consecutive months.

He termed the general election of the last year as the most rigged ballot exercise in the political history of Pakistan. “Afzal Khan disclosed the actual number of punctures was not just 35 but runs in hundreds,” he said. “Millions of ballots papers were printed just two days prior to the general election,” he said.

The PTI chief said that even Election Commission member Justice (retired) Riaz Kayani admitted that during the last year’s election the returning officers were not under the commission. He said that leaders of various political parties including PPP, PML-Q and others have admitted that May 11 election was the election of returning officers (ROs).

Imran said that rigging was pre-planned and the former chief justice had played role in it which would be unveiled after further investigations. He also said that the prime minister should quit as under him transparency in investigation into rigging could not be ensure.

Despite repeated demands of PTI for recounting in four constituencies, the government used delaying tactics as it could unveil many figures involved in the illegal practice, he said. Those who assisted ruling party in rigging election were rewarded for their son’s services and appointed in various offices besides promotions, he said.

Imran said that the ruling party was spending huge money for organised pro-government rallies which could result in clash with the protesting parties and the government would be responsible in case of any lawlessness or chaos. He said that the PML-N wants use of power but his party didn’t want to clash with the police.

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