LG polls worse than general elections, says Imran Khan

Published: December 7, 2015
Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Imran Khan talking to media in Islamabad on December 7, 2015. PHOTO: ONLINE

Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Imran Khan talking to media in Islamabad on December 7, 2015. PHOTO: ONLINE

ISLAMABAD: Blaming the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for the wrongdoing, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has alleged that the recently held local government (LG) polls were worse than 2013 general elections in terms of rigging.

“All political parties are vocal that state machinery was used for pre-poll rigging in the elections in Punjab, rural Sindh and Karachi,” he said, while talking to media after a party meeting in Islamabad.

Imran said his party will establish contact with all parties, which fought against status quo, and then take relevant action.

Party performance ‘disappoints’ Imran

While admitting the PTI was not as active as it should have been at the grass-root level, and that several loopholes were exposed during polls, the PTI chief announced to conduct intra-party elections.

“As soon as a seven-member committee to oversee the process is formed, all party positions will stand dissolved followed by a two-month membership campaign. After the conclusion of the campaign, elections will take place,” he said.

Through these elections, we will work to rectify our mistakes, he added.

PTI looks inwards after local elections

“I want the PTI to work as an institution even when I am not in this world, which is not the case with other parties.”

Imran reiterated his party was against the status quo, and will continue to work towards ending it.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Dec 7, 2015 - 5:59PM

    “Unlike other parties, I want the PTI to work as an institution even when I am not in this world, which is not the case with other parties.”strong text

    Ameen! Hope that day comes soon.Recommend

  • ivehadit
    Dec 7, 2015 - 6:02PM

    the dharna is now exposed as a ruse to thwart democracy in Pakistan. PTI has no following sufficient to put it in power.Recommend

  • Pinky
    Dec 7, 2015 - 6:21PM

    Dear Imran uneducated will never vote for you (80 % of Pakistan) this is your dilemma.Recommend

  • Point
    Dec 7, 2015 - 6:31PM

    When he loses everything is wrong. When he wins everything is right :/. It’s like when someone unlikes your comment, you simply block him so that the unlike doesnt exist :/.

    I went to Hayatabad medical complex and the ward was even dirtier than a toilet!!. wet bed sheets and blood here and there and unclean filth everywhere. Instead of making 6 bridges in one useless place of Peshawar you could have utilized money on something worthy!!Recommend

    Dec 7, 2015 - 6:53PM

    Look at this again singing boring song of rigging , he is unable to look into his party mistakes , can not analyse even this simple issue how he can be labelled as leader ! he like taliban and other extremist labeling majority of pakistani who did vote for him as illiterate ,slaves and whatever he likes and expecting vote from them! Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Dec 7, 2015 - 6:57PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    I’m a strong critic of PTI and antics of Imran but I think you just crossed the line there my friend.Recommend

  • MMB
    Dec 7, 2015 - 7:06PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    Hmmm saying Ameen on your wish for someone for his death?? And for what reason? It does show alot about you let alone Imran Khan. Maybe a little shame to remain in the boundry of a human with dignity will do. It clear what Pakistan is and why it is. As long as people like you exist there is no hope for Pakistan because educated people have these outcomes than I don’t knowvwhat uneducated people would do. Really really disappointing. Feeling sad for Pakistan. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 7, 2015 - 7:21PM

    @Pinky: Shame on you for calling anti PTI voters uneducated. The reason we don’t vote PTI is Imran Khan. Few days ago, Pakistani background couple killed 14 people and injured many others in America. Educated people like you have no clue what the consequences would be but we Jahil know that it would make very hard for Pakistanis to enter Europe and North America. We also know that Pakistani youth will face tremendous difficulties in getting admissions and traveling to developed countries. Imran Khan who is a self proclaimed leader of youth did not say one word about that tragedy. Whatever he says or does has no meanings. There are already many politicians like him. To become a great leader, he must re- invent himself and become a different person.Recommend

  • @Adnan Siddiqi
    Dec 7, 2015 - 7:23PM

    How dare you???? He is the hero of this country you foolish man!!! Recommend

  • Waseem Sarwar
    Dec 7, 2015 - 7:38PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    That’s even pathetic by your standards. Wishing someone death just because he has different political ideology.Recommend

  • Sara Khan
    Dec 7, 2015 - 7:50PM

    Two thing for IK to learn:

    1) Focus on KPK 100% full time and show results to the rest of the countries.
    2) Get rid of Qureshi, Tareen and other Lotas.

    People vote for YOU and you cannot be everywhere, so please please focus on KPK. If you have to move to Peshawar, so be it.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Dec 7, 2015 - 7:53PM

    Now Just keep your mouth shut, and do something for KPK. Pakistan made the biggest mistake by handing you KP.Recommend

  • Feedback
    Dec 7, 2015 - 7:58PM

    I think the only thing left now for IK is to actually demand the presiding officers to be from Rangers too or to appoint DG Rangers as CEC. Recommend

  • Naeem
    Dec 7, 2015 - 8:27PM

    The Same statement, again and again, Please concentrate on KPK make New Pakistan there so that I can vote you in 2018, otherwise you have to say this again in 2018.Recommend

  • Harris
    Dec 7, 2015 - 8:29PM

    This guy cries foul whenever PTI loses (which is quite often these days). The guy’s temperament is not compatible with democracy.Recommend

  • H Chaudhry
    Dec 7, 2015 - 8:43PM

    @waseem and @acorn Adnan made a great point and both of you reacted. so now that you did not like what Imran said, how about few days ago when Imran, a national leader was wishing death to another national leader. Did you react like this? See the problem here.Recommend

  • anjan
    Dec 7, 2015 - 9:09PM

    plz divorce pti as u divorced rehama and jemmima ! u proved u r not a responsible and stable perosnality therefore u have failed in politics and marriage !Recommend

  • Someone
    Dec 7, 2015 - 9:14PM

    The educated won’t vote for this idiot either because of his lies, inconsistent policies and anarchist activities.Recommend

  • Raheel
    Dec 7, 2015 - 9:51PM

    @Pinky – Very well said. I would advise IK to give any chance to his party in his time or after him to spend majority of his resources to bring free education from primary to secondary level in all state schools (also match their standard to City or Beacon house etc.), good salaries for teachers and university loans for everyone in KPK. Encourage new graduates to go for start-ups to create jobs in the region. Also business loans should be accessible for deprived but enthusiastic people towards start-ups or any legitimate business (after the pitch off course). For that he has to push for drastic changes in taxation/recovery and also fight for funds from the centre to work towards them. I advise him to push for a credit history system in place in Pakistan for the sake of people and the estate. It makes a life ton easier for the financial institutions to decide who to sanction the loans and where the money is going and who will be responsible to pay back. Good luck Pakistan! Hoping that someone from any of the national parties read this piece and take the initiative.Recommend

  • Amir
    Dec 7, 2015 - 9:58PM

    And I am a PTI supporter
    IK you have been crying wolf too long now. Start doing something positive where your power exists, wait for next election. Tabdili is a change, which is a slow process…Recommend

  • pk
    Dec 7, 2015 - 10:11PM

    i think ADNAN meant something else (in a good way)
    if i am not grongRecommend

  • Zain
    Dec 8, 2015 - 1:05AM

    Those who say they are tired of Imran khan’s repetitive claims of rigging are the worst kind of supports any party can ever have. PTI doesnt need your kind of supporters who gets “bored” of someone’s struggle. revolution is not a Bollywood movie. it requires seriousness and consistency. Imran Khan is not doing this to satisfy your drama needs. his struggle is real, and yes, almost all elections in Pakistan are rigged because of corruption networks.Recommend

  • saf
    Dec 8, 2015 - 2:18AM

    Since Nawaz first became PM the world has gone through 5 American presidents, 5 UK prime ministers 4 french presidents 5 German councilors, 9 Indian PMS, 9 Japanese PMS yet after all that the best we can do is a PM who cannot even give an interview never mind defend the countries interest. Just think is the world wrong or do Pakistanis not understand democracy. It’s not a cricket team when a leader is proven corrupt and incompetent you vote him out.Recommend

  • Feedback
    Dec 8, 2015 - 2:34AM

    I think the establishment will remove IK as PTI chairman and will eventually bring in Asad Umer s/o of a retired major general as the chairman. They used IK enough and have spent more than enough energy on him. Establishment can make everything but a leader because leaders are born not made. So for one term they will have NS for the other term they will have AU and will rule from behind like they are doing right now. We as a nation can only pray for a true leader, who will bring an end to these atrocities, loot and corruption on civilian masses of Pakistan in the name of defense and counter terrorism. Who will send these black mailers and torturers to their barracks once and for all.Recommend

  • Jawad U Rahman
    Dec 8, 2015 - 7:01AM

    The only election IK will accept is the one which PTI wins. Recommend

  • fact is fact
    Dec 8, 2015 - 7:34AM

    and you are educated ???? can I have a look at your CV pleaseRecommend

  • fact is fact
    Dec 8, 2015 - 7:36AM

    acc to @Pinky (and you – as you are endorsing her), 80% of Pakistan is uneducated then why Mr IK is trying so hard to make a change. He should work in cricket only. Recommend

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