Inquiry commission's report termed May 2013 elections as fair, claims PML-N lawyer

Published: July 22, 2015
Commission rejected all of PTI's allegations of the May 2013 polls being rigged. PHOTO: AFP

Commission rejected all of PTI's allegations of the May 2013 polls being rigged. PHOTO: AFP

Commission rejected all of PTI's allegations of the May 2013 polls being rigged. PHOTO: AFP Commission rejected all of PTI's allegations of the May 2013 polls being rigged. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: The inquiry commission formed to probe the May 2013 general elections has rejected all three allegations made by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) of organised rigging, validating the polls, a leading counsel of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) claimed on Wednesday evening.

“I have been told by my client (Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz) that the (inquiry commission) report has been received by the federal government and the commission has rejected PTI’s allegations of rigging in the 2013 general elections,” advocate Shahid Hamid told The Express Tribune, clarifying that he has yet to see the report himself.

Hamid recalled that according to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed between the PML-N and the PTI to constitute the commission, both parties had agreed to accept the commission’s verdict.

Noting that the federal government is bound by law to make the report public, Hamid said that it is expected that the government may release the report publicly either later on Wednesday or on Thursday morning.

Express News reported that the government is expected to hold a high level meeting on Thursday.

Read: 2013 election rigging: 86 days on, judicial panel concludes proceedings

The PML-N counsel said that the issue of election rigging had now ‘past and closed,’ and that political parties should focus real issues.

Earlier, official sources had confirmed that the three judge commission, headed by chief justice Nasir ul Mulk and comprising by Justice Amir Hani Muslim and Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, had sent its 300 page report to the law ministry.

The inquiry commission had been formed through mutual consent of both the PTI and the PML-N to probe allegations of rigging in the May 2013 general elections. The commission had concluded its proceedings on July 3 after nearly 86 days of work. The commission held 39 hearings, during which 69 witnesses were presented. The first hearing of the commission was held on April 9.

Meanwhile, PTI’s legal task force chairman Ishaq Khan Khakwani said that they had yet to receive the commission’s report, hence, they could not comment over it.

Caution in PTI camp

Meanwhile, there was caution among PTI ranks, with some believing that reports surrounding the verdict contained within the report had been exaggerated by the PML-N.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jul 23, 2015 - 12:13AM

    Youthias and trolls of Fiqah-e-Imrani should now camp outside Banigala and demand from their brain fade leader to come clean.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jul 23, 2015 - 12:15AM

    Trust that Mr. Junk Niazi would now respect the decision of the commission, proceed to London for a well deserved R&R, get some effective psychological treatment from a shirk of notable repute in UK and make amends with his daughter. The Jahaz and Paisa Mafia has hit Niazi like a freight train.Recommend

  • MMB
    Jul 23, 2015 - 12:25AM

    If this true that JC has rejected all claims and specifically said that no mandate has been stolen. Than This is the end for justice in Pakistan. If you can’t see what every single person has seen than there isno hope. I have lost hope today. I still would like to thank Imran Khan. You tried your best but it was too good to be true that you could defeat all those ganged up corupt people. I have lost hope but I know you have not. You will stand up again and fiight for Pakistan’s people. We were with we will always be with you in sha AllaRecommend

  • sabi
    Jul 23, 2015 - 12:52AM

    Will see whether dharnawalas extend congratulation to pmln on victory election 2013 as per promise.(ma khud unko mubarak doon ga said Imran Khan )Recommend

  • Najeebullah
    Jul 23, 2015 - 12:52AM

    If he had little guts left he would apologies to Nawaz Sharif, Najam Sethi, Ex CJ, ECP, Justice Ramday, Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim etc. He actually rigged the elections with the support of TTP and he should resign now.Recommend

  • sabi
    Jul 23, 2015 - 12:56AM

    Dharna walas now officially declared a group of liars fooling people in the name of change.
    Shame shame shame.Kuch sharm hoti ha kuch hiya hoti ha.Recommend

  • sabi
    Jul 23, 2015 - 12:58AM

    Now these criminals who have held hostage the country for last several years must be expeled from parliaments.Recommend

  • sabi
    Jul 23, 2015 - 1:19AM

    This is the end of hypocrites meddling in Pakistan politics.Split and apart!
    Let us see how lotas vacate the sinking ship of ‘inquilab’-Recommend

  • sabi
    Jul 23, 2015 - 1:51AM

    This is a victory for whole of Pakistan victory for institutions.Its good time government put these miscreants on trials for exciting public and state institutions for a revolt not only against government but for the whole system.Government must make them an example for next generation of possible fake politicians thinking of ploting coups against elected governments.Recommend

  • hellodrsoul
    Jul 23, 2015 - 1:54AM

    Alas… my concerns proved true and the last hope of having a good leader are dead. Mr. Khan you are a liar, we hate you for it and your interpretations are not more reliable than an average person.Recommend

  • Zack
    Jul 23, 2015 - 2:09AM

    I am hoping this puts to rest the rigging madness. May be now some good might happen in KPK. Also, highlights how much time of the country IK has wasted. All the concerns highlight incompetence of ECP but not systemic rigging.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jul 23, 2015 - 2:30AM

    If Imran has left any shame in him, he should jump in flood water.Recommend

  • Fantasy Land Punctured
    Jul 23, 2015 - 2:34AM

    Honorable Judges, get ready to get dishonored by the uncultured uncivilized youth of your country because your judgment does not suit them or does not approve the lies of their leader. Sorry but honesty brings upon this mud slinging with it.Recommend

  • Salman
    Jul 23, 2015 - 3:15AM

    Did anyone expected different than this ? Every inquiry including Model town was free and fair. Next question please !Recommend

  • salman
    Jul 23, 2015 - 6:32AM

    What else did you expect? Model town was fair so it is . No Drama Recommend

  • raider
    Jul 23, 2015 - 7:25AM

    if word fair is used it is end of justiceRecommend

  • raider
    Jul 23, 2015 - 7:40AM

    thugs, looters, miscreants money launderers, killers hijacked system, they have billions of rupees looted from national Exchequer, have got loans of billions written off, NAB should take serious action not letting them hide behind cover of fake democracy, why not institution trial them and get them be destined to real asylum behind bars of dark cellsRecommend

  • zain
    Jul 23, 2015 - 7:42AM

    All of you who are delusional enough to think that in Pakistan elections are held fair and free; you need to visit the doctor of integrity. Recommend

  • Reality
    Jul 23, 2015 - 7:44AM

    Our judiciary is great… it has convicted most of the big corrupt fishes…. it has convicted the rapists… its has convicted the kidnappers,,,,, lol… sorry could not help but laugh at my comments.
    The question to ask is when our judiciary has EVER delivered.
    So it was very wrong for PTI to expect anything good from the current corrupt system.
    Nooras can do what they always do. Behave like monkey’s.Recommend

  • Haider
    Jul 23, 2015 - 8:37AM

    Show the report….Who believes in PmLN….This news told to media at 11:30pm when they claim they received at 4pm.Let the judicial commission verify it firstRecommend

  • sabi
    Jul 23, 2015 - 8:48AM

    PTI supporters deserve chest beating for blindly following a group of criminals posing as reformers in most bizzare ways.You asked for it.Recommend

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