No need to hold future elections if perpetrators of rigging not apprehended: Imran

Published: May 8, 2014
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An Express News screengrab of Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood Qureshi during a press conference.

An Express News screengrab of Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood Qureshi during a press conference.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will only strengthen democracy in Pakistan and not weaken it, but protesting against election rigging is our right, PTI chairperson Imran Khan argued on Thursday outside the Supreme Court.

Imran was speaking to the media after the hearing of a case related to vote verification in four constituencies. The apex court ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to submit a reply in two weeks time regarding the concerns raised by PTI.

PTI had always claimed that last year’s general elections were rigged 11 and demanded vote verification of at least four constituencies to expose the extent of manipulation.

Imran said that by demanding inquiry into May 11 elections, PTI only wants to ensure next elections are not rigged.

“There will be no need to contest the next election if perpetrators of rigging are not apprehended,” the PTI chairperson said.

Speaking to the media later in the day, Khan said that there will be a jalsa at D-Chowk on May 11, not a dharna i.e. a sit-in.

Maligning the parliament

Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said on Thursday that the proposal to create a fact-finding committee to investigate rigging has been floated in Parliament.

Rafique criticised PTI for not having faith in the Parliament and holding protests instead of going through the formal procedures of registering complaints.

“You are trying to malign us with little or no evidence,” said the Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) lawmaker.

The minister said that the fact-finding committee would look into four constituencies and if the PTI agrees to the creation of this fact-finding committee, they should withdraw their decision to hold a dharna, Rafique added.

“If your main intention is to malign the system, to cut the roots of the democracy, then we can only pray for you,” he said, concluding his statement.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • abc
    May 8, 2014 - 2:47PM

    No Doubt.

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  • sabi
    May 8, 2014 - 4:06PM

    They want tsunami with the help of mullah and tanks.They wouldn’t succeed ,in kpk they have miserably failed.

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  • sabi
    May 8, 2014 - 4:33PM

    This man is not a man of words but contradictions.youtube is coming with more approach! Definitely this will fill their mouths with bad taste.

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  • ali
    May 8, 2014 - 5:57PM

    @sabi:
    Wake up sabi and visit KPK. Police has got its pride back. Now they are actually fighting the criminals and are not a part of criminals. Now they are tracking down TTP and not involved in corruption. Go look at the roads of KPK, the greenry and health sector. Let the re-elections be done in KPK and u will see who will win again and again and again. All will lose except PTI. That is if free and fair elections are done. Now you cant find that is the rest of Pakistan?

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  • amaar iqbal
    May 8, 2014 - 6:14PM

    we all are with u sir……………..darna ho gaaaaaaaaa……Recommend

  • Ebad
    May 9, 2014 - 9:51AM

    @ Ali
    Totally agreed bro. Its so funny that people talk of KPK govt. performance without even visiting KPK. Really funny.

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  • Abid P. Khan
    May 9, 2014 - 6:04PM

    @Ebad:
    “Totally agreed bro. Its so funny that people talk of KPK govt. performance without even visiting KPK. Really funny.”

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    Agreed. People talk of huge craters covering surface of the moon, without ever having visited the moon. Really really funny

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  • Ebad
    May 10, 2014 - 9:16AM

    @ Abid
    Too bad those huge craters are not under PTI rule, otherwise some people would have claimed that they never existed.

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  • Farooq
    May 10, 2014 - 10:24PM

    Dear……….All the things are going well in KPK, than ever.

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