Inquiry commission's report endorses PML-N's mandate: PM Nawaz

Says report will be made public, stakeholders should stop leveling baseless allegations


Abdul Manan/Hasnaat Mailk July 23, 2015
Prime Minister Nawaz Shharif addresses the nation on July 23, 2015. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: As the poll inquiry commission rejected Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) claims that 2013 general elections were systematically rigged, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said the report endorsed the government's point of view on the issue, as well as the mandate of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).


“As the most credible institution in the country has endorsed the results of the 2013 general elections, baseless allegations should stop once and for all now,” said Nawaz, while addressing the nation on Thursday. “I have ordered the inquiry commission’s report to be made public."

Nawaz said the government was ready to forget what happened after the elections but it was unfortunate that the country was defamed by making fair and spotless elections disputed.

“We should consider the verdict as a milestone and embark on a new journey on the road to progress and get rid of chaos, uncertainty and instability,” he said, adding that as per its manifesto, the PML-N was committed to bring about electoral reforms through Parliament to ensure fair and transparent elections.

The commission in its 237-page report said despite some lapses on part of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) “the 2013 general elections were in large part organised and conducted fairly and in accordance with the law.”

Earlier, the premier had called a meeting of legal advisers to review options to publish the poll inquiry report.

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Meanwhile, PTI chief Imran Khan accepted the commisison's verdict, saying he will comment once he reads the report himself.

In April this year, Chief Justice of Pakistan Nasirul Mulk had formed a judicial commission to investigate alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections.

Read: SC forms judicial commission to probe alleged rigging in 2013 polls

The three-member commission was headed by the chief justice himself and comprised of Justice Ameer Hani Muslim and Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan. The PTI had staged a 126-day long sit-in in Islamabad, demanding a probe into the 2013 elections.

PTI approached SC for copy of report

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf had approached Supreme Court seeking a copy of the inquiry commission’s report.

“PTI secretary general Jahangir Tareen has written a letter to SC registrar Tahir Shahbaz for a copy of the commission’s report as the ruling PML-N is leaking its contents in its favour,” a senior PTI leader told The Express Tribune.

PTI task force chairman Ishaq Khan Khakwani has also contacted the inquiry commission secretary, Hamid Ali, and expressed concern that the federal government has not published the report.

Further, The Express Tribune has learnt that the commission secretary has sought some time to respond to PTI’s complaint.


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A Ijaz | 5 years ago | Reply | Recommend After the General Election 1913 great majority of Pakistani people always believed that these elections were better, and fairer than all previous elections held in Pakistan since 1971. It is unfortunate, that the PTI and its leadership made these elections controversial. If Imran Khan and his party had researched the case before going for Dharna(Sit-in), nation would have made positive progress towards solving real issues of education, electricity and law and order situation in the Country. By adopting a negative approach he has caused a colossal loss and damage to the economy and wasted valuable resources that could be spent on the poor and the needy. Now I'll request leadership of PTI to concentrate on positive aspects of nation building and stop destroying meagre resources available to the nation.
H Chaudhry | 5 years ago | Reply | Recommend The people who have even an iota of understanding of law knew this will be decision. Good thing for Pakistan! Time to move on. @To All Others questioning why Report was given to Govt! Because that is how things work after an Ordinance. If you need report download it from Law ministry website. @Huma All the problems you have listed are there for 67 years and its not NS that will be remembered as failure but every politician and military ruler. Time to move on! Stability is key and PMLN govt despite of their many issues is trying hard. Every thing is an issue, priorities are needed. PMLN is better than others and now its time to give them space to do what they want and judge them in 2018.
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