As inspection of NA-122’s election record was completed on Saturday, the two opposing candidates Ayaz Sadiq and Imran Khan traded blame, Express News reported.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, who had lost NA-122 to National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq during the May 2013 elections, had challenged the results before an election tribunal. The tribunal had subsequently ordered that the votes in the constituency should be audited.
On Saturday, after the audit was completed, NA speaker’s son Ali Sadiq along with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Zaeem Qadri held a press conference in Lahore where they said that Imran’s allegations had been proven to be false.
The tribunal’s verdict on the vote audit is expected on Monday.
“PTI Chief Imran Khan knew that NA122 voters had decided in favor of Ayaz Sadiq and he should refrain from making false allegations against nation’s decision,” Qadri said.
Sadiq said that since balloting was secret, counter-foils cannot prove who voted for who. “But only due to the absence of presiding officer’s stamp and signature, the vote cannot be termed bogus.”
“Imran should follow the course of law and he should trust law enforcing agencies,” Qadri added. “Imran had followed the law in the past and he succeeded in 18 by-elections, he should accept the results of those elections.”
The PML-N leader further accused Imran of trying to divert the nation’s attention from the war on terror and took a swipe at the money spent on the sit-ins. “Around Rs7 billion of the Pakistani nation had been spent on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s (PTI) sit-ins.”
“Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had declared Zarb-e-Azb entire nation’s war against terror, we all have to fight that war as a united nation to win it, but Imran diverted nation’s attention from the war on terror through his press conferences, people of Pakistan are no longer interested in political talks of Imran.”
He added that the country could ill afford any political chaos, and urged the PTI chief to refrain from scaring people through political dialogues.
“Let Chaudhry Ejaz and Sheeren Mazari and all their voters focus on war on terror only,” said Qadri.
“Imran’s display of a fascist attitude during the sit-ins has been rejected by the people.”
Early release of vote audit results is match fixing: Imran
Speaking to the media after arriving in London, the PTI chief claimed that by announcing results of the vote audit prior to the official announcement by the tribunal is ‘match fixing’.
“NA 122 results will be announced on Monday and whoever announced the results before a decision had been made was doing match fixing.”
On his prolonged sit-ins, Imran said that it was the demand of the people. “I had decided to end sit-ins after the Peshawar incident, not under somebody’s influence. It was nation’s decision to be united against terrorism.”
The PTI chief, who along with his party’s parliamentarians had submitted their resignations from the national and provincial assemblies, said that he will consider returning to the assembly after a Judicial Commission is formed.
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