Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan said on Tuesday that the 20th Amendment was stacked up against his party in particular because PTI was becoming a real electoral threat to both, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
“The 20th Amendment was just passed by the PPP and PML-N to strengthen their hold on power and to prevent PTI from sweeping the next general elections,” said Khan.
Strongly rejecting the amendment, Khan said that PML-N continues to support the wrongdoings of the government so that both the PPP and PML-N could have a share in the corrupt power structures prevailing at present.
Calling it a fraud and violation of the Constitution and democratic principles, Imran said the amendment condones elections carried out against the provisions of the Constitution.
“A complete fraud has been committed by the government in collusion with the main opposition party,” Imran stated.
Khan alleged that Rs366.1 million were released in a matter of five hours for Senators, simply to get the 20th Amendment through the Senate, however the release of development or relief funds was prevented and delayed because of corruption and bribery.
PML-N, however, rejected the allegations stating that the statements made by PTI shows their lack of knowledge regarding the historic amendment. “PTI should respect the Parliament’s decision by following democratic norms,” said PML-N leader Senator Mushahidullah Khan. “Imran Khan should read the content of the 20th Amendment first and then issue such a statement,” he added.
Election Commission of Pakistan
Criticising the Election Commission of Pakistan’s right to choose caretaker prime minister and chief minister, Imran said the election commissions are meant to maintain a check over governments during elections and to ensure non-interference and neutrality.
“If ECP appoints a caretaker government, it will divest itself from performing the task of ensuring free, fair and transparent elections,” Imran added.