Probing May 2013 elections: PTI, govt agree on forming judicial commission

Everybody is a winner, no one is a loser and ultimately democracy would benefit from it, says Qureshi


Web Desk March 20, 2015
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar addressing a press conference on Friday.

ISLAMABAD: After months of tussle between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) led federal government, the two on Friday agreed on the terms of reference for forming a judicial commission to investigate allegations of rigging during the May 2013 general elections, Express News reported.

Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, flanked by PTI vice-chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi and PTI General Secretary Jahangir Tareen, announced the formation of the judicial commission during a press conference in Islamabad.

Terming the agreement a positive step towards strengthening democracy and ensuring transparency of elections, Qureshi said, “Everybody is a winner, no one is a loser and ultimately democracy would benefit from it."

He added that both sides had shown flexibility.

Dar said that they had all agreed, in-principle, to form the commission last December, but the only sticking point was the wording of the agreement, which has now been solved.

He further said PTI negotiating team also showed flexibility and its attitude was positive in sort out differences.

Imran claims victory over formation of judicial commission

Commenting on the formation of judicial commission, PTI chief Imran Khan said the creation of the commission was a victory for the people and democracy, reads a statement issued by the party. He also said the creation of commission is a step towards ending the political mafias and their cohorts who deny people of their mandate through electoral fraud.

“We will now ensure that all evidence of rigging is brought before the JC so that the perpetrators of rigging are exposed and punished,” he added.



Following is the scope of the inquiry of judicial commission:

1. The commission shall inquire in to and determine whether or not the may 2013 general elections were organised, conducted impartially, honestly fairly and justly in accordance with law

2. 2013 general elections were manipulated or influenced pursuant to a systematic effort or by design by anyone

3. The results of the 2013 general elections on an overall basis are true and fair reflection of mandate given by the public

COMMENTS (23)

Aftab Hussain | 6 years ago | Reply @raider Bro, we need vision and knowledge to judge any matter not Govt. job, I respect your opinion and my opinion is different that there was no systematic rigging in Punjab. Alas as a nation we are pessimistic, and always blame others rather than personal accountability.
raider | 6 years ago | Reply @Aftab Hussain: Judge where do you go for your job, i have been pretty believer from your comments that you have never been in any Govt institution, and i have vast experience to work with, even whole election process, recounting never proves rigging, sanctity of ballot papers indicate rigging the extent and method used. Govt institution works in accordance with incumbent Govt not any law and order. How did you give your verdict that there is nil systematic rigging even in NA 122, 33k votes are without any stamp which is not possible if process of polling enacted there in letter and spirit not just drama
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