Sethi involved in 70 punctures, not just 35: Imran

Published: July 5, 2015
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PTI chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: AFP

PTI chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: AFP

Days after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan termed the party’s ’35 punctures’ allegation against Najam Sethi as just ‘political talk’, the PTI chief has said the former caretaker Punjab CM had a much larger role in rigging.

“We did not contest [35 punctures allegation] it in judicial commission because our captain of the team, Abdul Hafeez Peerzada said there were 70 and not just 35 punctures,” said the PTI chief while speaking to media in Karachi.

Imran argued that those who informed him of ’35 punctures’, i.e. Murtaza Poya and Dr Ijaz in London, had not backed out of their claims.

Read: Baseless allegations

The PTI chairman was of the view that Sethi had himself accepted that in the last ten days of him being the caretaker CM, orders were being taken from Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif directly.

“What use do the caretaker governments have if orders were being taken from elsewhere,” said Imran.

He reiterated his stance that Sethi was ‘rewarded’ for his role in alleged rigging in 2013 general elections, referring to Sethi being made the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman twice and his niece being made an MPA of the Punjab Assembly on a reserved seat. Sethi was also given a tax write-off worth Rs15 million, Imran added.

Read: PTI apologises for Imran Khan’s oft-quoted ‘35 punctures’ stance

While repeating his earlier rhetoric that 2013 polls were massively rigged by ROs through a plan, Imran said he and his party would accept the commission’s verdict to strengthen democracy.

When asked to comment on the performance of the Sindh government, the PTI chief said all earlier records of corruption had been broken.

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  • USDeemer
    Jul 5, 2015 - 6:18PM

    IK has proved once again that he is a man of U-turns and therefore has no credibility at all. People will 0.0000001 common sense must discard him.Recommend

  • real truth
    Jul 5, 2015 - 6:19PM

    This guy cannot stop shoving his foot in his mouth, even in Ramadan! Perfect example of Empty Vessels make Most Noise!Recommend

  • Sohail
    Jul 5, 2015 - 6:21PM

    A U turn on apology. Recommend

  • Basit Khan
    Jul 5, 2015 - 6:23PM

    So the claim is true because Murtaza Poya says that Dr Ijaz told him so ? Ok, I am convinced. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jul 5, 2015 - 6:26PM

    Once a liar, always a liar…Recommend

  • real truth
    Jul 5, 2015 - 6:27PM

    If it indeed was 70 punctures, then what stopped u and ur capt from askin Sethi inside the court, Mr Puncture Khan? As well, why could u not have little courage and appear as a witness??? Could it be that u were afraid the lawyers may peel ur lies off, and force u to tell the truth???Recommend

  • Mubashir
    Jul 5, 2015 - 6:28PM

    Dual face.. you say one thing in court and opposite thing in public. Worst example of hipocracy in recent time. Have to say… kuxh shram hoti hy….Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Jul 5, 2015 - 6:31PM

    Voters are going to put 70 punctures in his TUBE. That means he ain’t going to get elected. Recommend

  • Cornered Tiger
    Jul 5, 2015 - 6:35PM

    We believe in you Khan Sahb and we fully support you.Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Jul 5, 2015 - 6:46PM

    at least one of the two statements is a lie. either its 35 or 70. either he was telling a lie before or now. people say IK never got a chance so he is clean. he got many chances to speak to nation and he lied. extrapolate these results on financial matters.
    IK disappointed massivelyRecommend

  • nizamuddin khan
    Jul 5, 2015 - 6:46PM

    It is important that IK gain the much needed respect or else he will have real difficulties if and when he becomes the PM. When he gets elected there will be more entities trying to make sure he and his party make as little progress as possible.

    What goes around MIGHT come around…something to think about…IK.Recommend

  • pervaiz
    Jul 5, 2015 - 6:48PM

    Mr. IK, please forgive this nation as we have to do so many works besides of your baseless allegation hearing day to day. Please come back when you have any solid proof of your allegations. Go and be peaceful.Recommend

  • usman
    Jul 5, 2015 - 6:49PM

    Imran Khan lost his case when he finished his boycott of Jang group. It finished his credibility because in speeches he told public that GEO helped PML-N. This U-turn changed his perception in media forever Recommend

  • Malveros
    Jul 5, 2015 - 7:01PM

    Everyone please donate money for his psychological treatment in Shaukat Khanum Hospital.Recommend

  • raider
    Jul 5, 2015 - 7:01PM

    trolls were biting owing innocence and straightforwardness of this non-political khan, you should always be twister and spinner to best acclimatize these filth inhabitantsRecommend

  • Womenempowerment
    Jul 5, 2015 - 7:08PM

    Now better you should step down, And PTI should make Reham Khan as PTI chairman and candidate for Premiership…Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Jul 5, 2015 - 7:11PM

    Uturn on a uturn! Amazing how people take this comic actor seriously.Recommend

  • Afrooz
    Jul 5, 2015 - 7:12PM

    one way to get out of a lie … is to say a bigger lie. I K has demonstrated that he has no character.Recommend

  • Jibran
    Jul 5, 2015 - 7:44PM

    And this is the leader of Naya Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ranjha
    Jul 5, 2015 - 7:48PM

    Well done Imran Khan! In one ball, you have taken the wicket of Sethi, Geo, ECP, Noora League, PPP, JUI, ANP and MQM — they are all dying a slow, painful death, writhing in pain, foaming at their mouths. A truly sorry but much desired and satisfying sight to see!

    Never seen a more cunning politician than Kaptaan! Now, get a court to bring the tape forward and bury Chirrya Wallah maqar forever! This evidence is precious and should be presented in the right legal framework in order not to be declared inadmissible. I am sure Pirzada sahib will have an opinion on it.

    Godspeed — we are all waiting for the JC decision to come out and start celebrating the nation’s second freedom day!!!Recommend

  • raider
    Jul 5, 2015 - 7:48PM

    still you are not involved in killing of 14 peoples mindlessly illogically, not even china cuttings, still not stashing money abroad through launches and white collar models, still you have not apologized your opponents by even attending their homes, we stand by you we know you never went wrong but staying with wrong peoples within your circle and confronting wrong peoples in rivals Recommend

  • riz
    Jul 5, 2015 - 8:04PM

    IK has become judge over commission.Recommend

  • nk
    Jul 5, 2015 - 8:04PM

    the depths to which this man will go to seek power! we used to think IK was better than the other politicians. At this point I’d say not only is IK not only the same as other politicians, but he is worse. With other politicians i still see some honour amongst thieves. And they don’t believe their own delusions. I think IK truly believes he deserves to be PM and will thus justify going to any depth of depravity to attain the seat. He will burn, pillage, plunder if he has to. This makes him very very dangerous.

    Also this statement of 70 and not just 35 punctures tells us who is filling IK’s “kachay kaan”. Jahangir tareen used the 70 not 35 punctures, and now 2 days later IK is repeating it.

    how dumb do they think their followers and the citizens of this country are?? saying that we didn’t present 35 punctures proof because there were 70 is true madness. illogic to the extreme. So you did all the dharnas, convened a JC, and by giving 35 punctures proof you could have proved your point, but no, instead you’re saying you withheld the proof, ascertaining an unfavorable decision in JC against you, because there were 70 not 35 punctures?? WOW.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jul 5, 2015 - 8:07PM

    mr Sohail that was arif alvi own personal viewpoint on the issue not the party policy Recommend

  • raider
    Jul 5, 2015 - 8:08PM

    we have tired of these corrupt looters, plunderers, mafia thugs parties, and their extension trolls surge and re surge scooping down news pertinent to imran khan and to browbeat by twisting and self-concocting by themselves a bit talk of imran khan Recommend

  • ahmed
    Jul 5, 2015 - 8:14PM

    This khan guy needs brain transplant. Everyday this nutcase changes his stanceRecommend

  • Raisani
    Jul 5, 2015 - 8:16PM

    We’ve been sick of his lies after lies and his U. V. W n all turns. I predict such liar can only be a peon and never a PM. Recommend

  • Kaleem
    Jul 5, 2015 - 8:17PM

    “I will not lie to my nation” Said someone in October, 2011 Recommend

  • Little too late!
    Jul 5, 2015 - 8:25PM

    A little too late Niazi Sb; you yourself have already spilled the beans, and Dr Alvi provided icing on the cake! Next time, try to tell your fellow PTIans that you plan to fabricate a story — to save you further embarrassment!Recommend

  • Little too late!
    Jul 5, 2015 - 8:27PM

    Is it the same guy who once was parrotting in a large public gathering at Meenar-i-Pakistan, “Main Hamesha Such Boloun Ga” :-) :-)???Recommend

  • Ali S
    Jul 5, 2015 - 8:33PM

    It’s about time the great Khan started looking for lucrative cricket commentating deals, his political career is over and it seems like he knows it. Zero chance of a re-election for PTI under his leadership – and I say that as someone who voted for PTI in May 2013.Recommend

  • Main Hamesha Such Boloun Ga
    Jul 5, 2015 - 8:49PM

    I Niazi Sb, its high time that you learned to shut your mouth! For a change, please learn to resist the temptation to start parroting every time you see a TV cameraman! Free advice for you :-)Recommend

  • Najeebullah
    Jul 5, 2015 - 9:00PM

    Another U turn?? He broke all records of lies as Sindh government broke all records of corruption claimed by him. He needs a psychiatrist for his mental disorder.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Jul 5, 2015 - 9:23PM

    Don’t worry, tomorrow IK will claim that NOW he heard it was “140 punctures!!!!!
    By this time next year it might be in the thousands! Stay tuned for more delusions!Recommend

  • bilal
    Jul 5, 2015 - 9:28PM

    Imran Khan comes to Karachi for social work and donation collection. Pakistan Khan also makes some political statements.

    Reactions – PR & Abid S.A from Fed. Gov’t respond.
    Sharjeel M from Provincial Gov’t respond.
    MQM rabita Gov’t responds.

    Clearly Pakistan Khan is still the centre of political activity in Pakistan. The man to watch and the man that still makes status quo wet their pants.Recommend

  • kemal
    Jul 5, 2015 - 9:29PM

    Stop mud slaning, we all knows that Sethi is not an angel and he was rewarded twice PCB chairmanship and while having chairman post Sethi gave exclusive broadcasting to Geo and pocketed millions of dollars.Recommend

  • Bilal Khan
    Jul 5, 2015 - 9:39PM

    IK please take some rest from camera and speeches. Some times credible sources are proved to be wrong. IK please be patient if you continues these allegations without proofs then nobody will vote you. You are now only hope of Pakistan. Everybody knows that it is impossible to end load shedding by 2018. Even if we produce 30000 megawatt our transmission lines are not capable of providing such demand. So be patient sir next election will be on electricity and PMLN will die like PPP that’s why i don’t want early elections. Let PMLN completes it last tenure.Recommend

  • Raisani
    Jul 5, 2015 - 9:48PM

    He’s proved to the biggest liar of the country after Rehman Malik. On the basis, becoming PM is far away, he is not even able of becoming peon. Recommend

  • xor
    Jul 5, 2015 - 9:57PM

    Ironically no one is paying attention of Sethi admission that Punjab administration and bureaucracy was reporting to Model Town. 35 puncture is just small part of this whole saga. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jul 5, 2015 - 10:03PM

    This is much better strategy. If you cannot live without lying, lie big time.Recommend

  • masoom
    Jul 5, 2015 - 10:05PM

    Very miserable mental condition, needs symphty not vote!Recommend

  • bilal
    Jul 5, 2015 - 10:19PM

    Admin please post me comment.

    Imran Khan comes to Karachi for social work and donation collection. Pakistan Khan also makes some political statements.
    Reactions – PR & Abid S.A from Fed. Gov’t respond.
    Sharjeel M from Provincial Gov’t respond.
    MQM rabita Gov’t responds.

    Clearly Pakistan Khan is still the centre of political activity in Pakistan. The man to watch and the man that still makes status quo wet their pants.Recommend

  • masoom
    Jul 5, 2015 - 10:30PM

    Ik has been fully exposed ! His political calibre is at ground level !people were deceived by his cricket and personality,but he proved himself worse than the politicians he is fighting against ! Another shock to nation!Recommend

  • Ecstatic Liar
    Jul 5, 2015 - 10:31PM

    The youth of this nation likes this liar. They want to hear lies. They respect liars. They vote for liars. Well I won’t blame entirely Mr. Khan for giving what the nation wants. It is not depravity of a single character aka Mr Niazi, it is a national abyss.Recommend

  • nk
    Jul 5, 2015 - 10:34PM

    i have a question for those who believe sethi was awarded pcb chairmanship in return for getting nawaz to be PM. thats PM as in PRIME MINISTER. do you not think in return for such a huge win, sethi could have just asked for straight up cash to be transfered from one swiss account to another? or that he could have asked some place where he could have made WAY more money. like a senate seat. or some other more lucrative position. or something like being ambassador to a nation or to the UN?? Do you seriously think that sethi got nawaz re elected and in return he was like all i want is PCB chairmanship because thats what i wanted as a kid??

    Sethi and his family are already filthy rich. they own vanguard publishing, and other media companies, and have many many many other investments. do you really think he would risk all that, and his credibility and reputation just for a PCB chairman role??

    seriously people, it would be nice to think for yourself for once rather than just listen to whoever the pundit or politician of the day is. no wonder our nation is in the dumps. we are too lazy to even think for ourself. Recommend

  • Adolph Hitler
    Jul 5, 2015 - 10:34PM

    Make the lie big,
    Make it simple,
    Keep saying it,
    And eventually they will believe it.
    Adolph HitlerRecommend

  • Gp65
    Jul 5, 2015 - 10:39PM

    “The PTI chairman was of the view that Sethi had himself accepted that in the last ten days of him being the caretaker CM, orders were being taken from Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif directly.

    “What use do the caretaker governments have if orders were being taken from elsewhere,” said Imran.”

    How misleading! These last 10 days were AFTER the election results were declared not before the conduct of the elections. Sethi has clarified and Imran surely must be aware that those 10 days had no impact on election results.Recommend

  • Abbas
    Jul 5, 2015 - 10:52PM

    @real truth:
    It’s amazing how you people go after the only honest political leader we have. You can tolerate the mass killings and plunder of MQM and PPP. The endless corruption and nepotism of the Sharif clan, but Imran Khan is still your favorite target. He has not bought chateaus in France and properties in London. He his working day and night so that this country has a better future.
    As far as the case of that crook Najam Sethi, in your hatred for Imran Khan you overlook the fact that a caretaker CM whose profession is a journalist gets rewarded with the Chairmanship of PCB, a post he has no experience for. At least be objective and do look at what state the status quo politicians have left Pakistan in.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jul 5, 2015 - 11:06PM

    In for a penny….in for a pound. This works sometimes in spots but in politics when it fails the consequences are dire.Recommend

  • Aik_Paki
    Jul 5, 2015 - 11:07PM

    @real truth:
    The only credible politicians are Zardari, Nawaz Sharif and Maulana D. That is whay Pakistan is going into the dark ages and all these leaders are busy in looting. At leasy IK has not looted Pakistan.Recommend

  • Aik_Paki
    Jul 5, 2015 - 11:08PM

    @nk:
    The only credible politicians are Zardari, Nawaz Sharif and Maulana D. That is whay Pakistan is going into the dark ages and all these leaders are busy in looting. At leasy IK has not looted Pakistan.Recommend

  • Aik_Paki
    Jul 5, 2015 - 11:10PM

    @Najeebullah:
    The real politicians are Zardari, Nawaz Sharif and Maulana D. That is why Pakistan is going into the dark ages and all these leaders are busy in looting. At leasy IK has not looted Pakistan.Recommend

  • Hussain Shah
    Jul 6, 2015 - 12:14AM

    Khan bashing is the new in thing. DID ANY OF YOU ACTUALLY HEAR HIS INTERVIEW. He never said what he was quoted to say. It was GEO being GEO and Khan’s real mistake was to end their boycott. All the trolls answer me this, WHY WAS SETHI MADE CHAIRMAN OF PCB. I rest my case.Recommend

  • Alter Ego
    Jul 6, 2015 - 12:25AM

    @Cornered Tiger:
    @kemal:
    I am sure IK is telling the truth ,

    mind giving us some solid proof.

    Recommend

  • Crystal clear
    Jul 6, 2015 - 12:31AM

    IK’s shamelessness is going to cost him a lot in the long run. Does he realise that? He is shooting himself in the foot by persuing a lie brazenly. Disappointed with his attitude.Recommend

  • Proud Pakistani
    Jul 6, 2015 - 12:32AM

    So this old man is finally gone mad. With each year of his age passing the number of punctures are increasing. Its best time for him to announce retirement from politics… yes with no U-turn after announcing retirement.Recommend

  • Abbas
    Jul 6, 2015 - 1:13AM

    @Najeebullah:
    Would love to see your opinion regarding statement of Shahbaz Sharif about ridding nation of load shedding within 2 yrs, dragging Zardari through the streets. Nawaz Sharif on bringing back the looted wealth of the nation. Altaf Hussain’s documented collusion with RAW. Zardaris open declaration of war against the Army. I don’t even want to get started on the mass corruption and destruction of institutions by the status quo politicians Recommend

  • Ali Bokhary
    Jul 6, 2015 - 1:24AM

    KhwajaAAsif was right. Koihayahakar …. ….Recommend

  • Salman Hasan
    Jul 6, 2015 - 1:29AM

    Nobody is talking about Najam Sethi’s statement that in the last two weeks of his Chief Ministership, he was powerless and all the Punjab bureaucracy was taking orders from Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif. That is tantamount to accepting his role in rigging of elections in the province of Punjab. Then on the night of victory speech Nawaz Sharif issued a public statement on live tv channel that make sure we have a super majority. That was a statement for RO’s to make sure he wins with a landslide. This country deserves thieves and thugs like Nawaz Sharif and Zardari. People of Punjab deserves corrupt leaders as they are happy with the status quo in their lives. They don’t care if hospitals or schools needs more facilities. They are happy to have a “Jangla Bus Service”. Allah SWT has restored the type of leaders this nation deserves. Recommend

  • [email protected]
    Jul 6, 2015 - 1:36AM

    @USDeemer:
    That would leave a majority of Pakistani youth still wearing scarfs of ptiRecommend

  • Allah Ditta
    Jul 6, 2015 - 1:58AM

    This Insaf Khan has a very big mouth. Does not he?Recommend

  • Javed
    Jul 6, 2015 - 2:33AM

    @USDeemer
    whom should vote, the rigger or money laundering boss.: Recommend

  • Ali Kayani
    Jul 6, 2015 - 2:33AM

    Imran Khan bashing at its peak .like people seriously forget about 35 or 70 punctures we all know the elections were rigged and I do not see people bashing those corrupt politicians who have stole people mandate and have been making false promises from years. Get over this 35 punctures and just look where the country is standing right now. It’s very easy to sit behind a pc and bash people maybe you should try coming out and fight for your own right then we will see your punctures.Recommend

  • mahakaalchakra
    Jul 6, 2015 - 3:10AM

    By his constant flip flops and baseless accusations against the politicians, judges and journalists, khan sahib has proved that he is the fittest candidate for the post of next prime minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan Army, whom he called Empire as in the cricket world.Recommend

  • Sajid
    Jul 6, 2015 - 4:07AM

    IK’s changing statements have proved that he is backed by some forces who dictate him to give such statements. He is like statement person who gives one statements to one day and contradicts it on other day. I am disappointed and await for another person who could bring a complete change in the system.Recommend

  • Sajid
    Jul 6, 2015 - 4:08AM

    IK’s changing statements have proved that he is backed by some forces who dictate him to give such statements. He is like statement person who gives one statements to one day and contradicts it on other day. I am disappointed and await for another person who could bring a complete change in the system.Recommend

  • Saifan Khan
    Jul 6, 2015 - 7:25AM

    Now it is 70 punctures? This man has no integrity left.Recommend

  • masoon
    Jul 6, 2015 - 7:32AM

    @Abbas:
    A (lier)x10000……0 can not be a leader ! He is special in sense he is figjting against corrupt and inherent politicians with u turns and lies and as know a lier can be anything ! He has deceived nation like others in good packing!Recommend

  • Nawaz
    Jul 6, 2015 - 8:29AM

    @USDeemer:
    My brother what about the statments of shahbaz & nawaz shareef that they made before elections??? They could’nt stand with even a single one. Atleast imran is competing and he has proven in some sort that election were rigged.Recommend

  • H Chaudhry
    Jul 6, 2015 - 9:22AM

    Imran is a Pathological Liar or he has not self control in front of camera. Regardless, this is now a joke and its high time to press ignore button.Recommend

  • H Chaudhry
    Jul 6, 2015 - 9:24AM

    @Nawaz The electoral promises and placing allegations on some one are TWO DIFFERENT things! What Nawaz/Shahbaz said, they have three more years to complete, what Imran did is to LIE and BLAME some one which is entirely different and sickening. He is attacking people and their credibility based on lies. In any case, he has been exposed and he can cry as much as he wants now.Recommend

  • Proud Pakistani
    Jul 6, 2015 - 9:41AM

    @Javed:
    Just do us a favour – keep your vote to you safely and don’t waste it on even lier Khan master of U-turn hence making him a beyblade!!!Recommend

  • Adeel
    Jul 6, 2015 - 9:55AM

    If there is any “Tape” why cant they produce it, publish on social media atleast, it seems the ‘tape’ story was concocted & there is no truth in that, Recommend

  • nabidad
    Jul 6, 2015 - 6:24PM

    Imran Khan day by day is going to loose his credibility. Recommend

  • Ali
    Jul 7, 2015 - 3:55AM

    IK haters aka Patwaris & Darbaris are having a field day over this one. Rhetoric like this is always designed to stray people away from the news that matters (hint, hint judicial commission’s decision), and judging from the comments, everyone is falling for it. But who can blame us, we forgot the kids murdered in cold blood in the Peshawar school massacre, stealing an election is perfectly OK for us. Only in Pakistan.Recommend

  • H Chaudhry
    Jul 7, 2015 - 8:25AM

    @Ali No Election was stolen!Recommend

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