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

Published: March 20, 2015
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Finance Minister Ishaq Dar addressing a press conference on Friday.

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

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  • raider
    Mar 20, 2015 - 9:47PM

    Cyber-criminals would certainly looking for feed, likely to feel fed up without news like very this oneRecommend

  • Kala_bacha
    Mar 20, 2015 - 10:13PM

    PTI = PMLN = TTP. Allah Hafiz Pakistan. The cat is out of the bag. Deal is PMLN facilitate Niazi Khan party to grow in Karachi.
    What a perfect plan from burhay subhay walay. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Mar 20, 2015 - 10:42PM

    The PML-N could write a definitive book called ‘ Procrastination and how its done in politics ‘. Recommend

  • Hasan
    Mar 20, 2015 - 11:08PM

    So Mukk-Mukka?
    Imran Khan was quick to call all meeting between Zaradai & Nawaz, mukk mukka, what would you call this?

    Indeed its the nation that has been fooled once again.Recommend

  • Jibran
    Mar 20, 2015 - 11:43PM

    Imran Khan is the biggest hypocrite. He just needed an excuse to allow his MNAs to go back to the parliament after The Speaker noted that their salaries well be stopped.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Mar 20, 2015 - 11:50PM

    And the ultimate winner here is PML-N and Pime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PTI has basically given in to PML-N’s scope of this probe, i.e. to ascertain if organized and systematic rigging took place to benefit anyone or influenced by someone.

    Lo behold, the old hands and the true faces of the status quo Shah Mehmood and Jahaz Taeen ended up selling Niazi down the river.

    Now the pious, righteous, clean, sagacious and honorable legislators of PTI including hazrat waliullah Niazi Banigala Sharif would beak bread with unclean, corrupt, blood suckers, tax evaders, loan defaulters and money laundering members of the parliament. Nawaz Sharif would now be the leader of the house which has PTI in it as well. If this isn’t the defeat of “Tabdeeli” and “Oyee Oyee Syndrome” than I don’t know what is.

    Shairrrrrrrrr! Recommend

  • Ranjha
    Mar 21, 2015 - 12:19AM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:

    I have never come across a more empty headed person! Only a true darbari can produce gibberish like this. Well done Naan Siddiqi!Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Mar 21, 2015 - 12:24AM

    I would love to see how trolls and Naunehal-e-Tabdeeli would defend this one.Recommend

  • blue
    Mar 21, 2015 - 1:40AM

    Oh I get it, PML know that they are very unpopular with the masses and PTI is a big force so they are blackmailing them, but still it is good progress for the political process. Recommend

  • Blithe
    Mar 21, 2015 - 2:21AM

    As far as pti goes , all sound and fury signifying nothing .

    Great move by pmln in putting the pti hypocrites in their place Recommend

  • Aik_Paki
    Mar 21, 2015 - 7:39AM

    I don`t understand all these commentators thinking. You all must praise both PTI an dPML-N who has reaced a consensus on the judicial commission. What do you all wants is a long lasting tension in Pakistan. How can you then fight terrorists if PTI and PML-N continue fighting. Recommend

  • Ebaad
    Mar 21, 2015 - 9:23AM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    I would love to see how trolls and Naunehal-e-Tabdeeli would defend this one
    And I would love to see how Aussie fans would defend Australia’s performance in the quarter finals.
    Fool’s paradise is known to echo with chants of shaiirrr.
    Get a grip please.Recommend

  • Alia
    Mar 21, 2015 - 9:54AM

    So PTI after wasting almost an year during which its member parliaments enjoyed all tge perks and benefits while they did nothing, have agreed to what PMLn was proposing from day one. What losers this PTI is for fooling the people.Recommend

  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Mar 21, 2015 - 11:12AM

    “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”

    The biggest questions rise here,id est,what are the assurances and guarantees are that
    1-Will PML-N and PTI accept the Judicial Commission’s report on the rigging in the elections or as usual deny the report? and
    2-if suppose Judicial Commissions finds proofs the rigging by PML-N in the May 2013’s elections will PML-N’s government be dissolved or will go to Supreme Court to challenge the Judicial Commission’s report to prove itself innocent and sinless in the rigging and will PTI go to Supreme Court or not for the same purpose like PML-N???
    Recommend

  • Shoaib
    Mar 21, 2015 - 12:11PM

    Great work by Imran Khan and PTIRecommend

  • Napier Mole
    Mar 21, 2015 - 12:15PM

    And the fourth secret clause is:

    “PTI will act as PML’s rear flank in the battle to clear Karachi of mqm. For this purpose, PTI assures that it will not open any front while PM is engaged in the ‘opening’ up of Karachi for the common good of PML and PTI. PTI will remain mum on all human rights abuses and flouting of all democratic and judicial norms in that city. The end, that we both dearly seek, will justify all the means.”Recommend

  • majazi
    Mar 21, 2015 - 12:40PM

    He stood up against malpractice for people,backed by people. If people backing him are willing to reconsider their choice, they have everything to lose. It is not IK’s fall, it will be fall of people’s own coherence, their decisions and their strength… They must understand that it is not PTI vs PMNL, it is People vs their wrongdoer.
    If people find faults,indulge in blame games, go deterrent… They’re not punishing IK, they’re crowning Perpetrators of society and the nation.
    Nothing more could be more disappointing than People undoing their own victory by their own folly.Recommend

  • majazi
    Mar 21, 2015 - 1:05PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    Tabdeeli is not a war to be won or lost, nor is it a person who’s defeated or victorious… It is a process…And process is intiated…it gains momentum and loses pace at times.But what you see is a continuous evolution from the point of initiation.
    Do you notice no change? Do you notice no tabdeeli? Bari ya chhoti,woh aarahi hay aur aati rahegi…InshaAllah Recommend

  • Mar 21, 2015 - 3:51PM

    I personally believe with moderate confidence that Agreement between PTI and Gov. is win-win situation and beneficial for democracy and future elections, but if you want know point scoring govt win because govt was insisting on wording of “systematic rigging”

    I personally believe that there was no systematic rigging in general election 2013 and judicial commission will come out with same finding, as it is proved from previous re-counting.Recommend

  • Mar 21, 2015 - 3:53PM

    @raider:
    I dont think soRecommend

  • Mar 21, 2015 - 3:55PM

    @Hasan:
    Its the majority of people in nation who don’t understand politics and just know how to criticize with out knowledge.Recommend

  • raider
    Mar 21, 2015 - 6:44PM

    @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 Recommend

  • Mar 23, 2015 - 1:37PM

    @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. Recommend

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