Meeting with CEC yielded positive results: Imran

Published: September 2, 2015
PTI chief Imran Khan addresses media in Islamabad on September 2, 2015. PHOTO: WASEEM NAZIR/EXPRESS

PTI chief Imran Khan addresses media in Islamabad on September 2, 2015. PHOTO: WASEEM NAZIR/EXPRESS

Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan (CEC) Sardar Raza on Wednesday reaffirmed the Election Commission of Pakistan’s commitment to implement all technical reforms ahead of the next elections.

The statement came after a meeting with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan. “The meeting today was positive and work on the findings of the judicial commission report has already commenced,” Imran said while speaking to media.

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“We (PTI) submitted our reservations and discussed the issues pertaining to the 2013 elections,” Imran said, adding that “the ECP will implement all technical reforms to address the issues faced in previous elections.”

Although the technical reforms will not address the rigging, Imran was assured that any negligence from the ECP would be addressed. Further, Raza assured Imran that the misconduct and lack of structure during the 2013 elections would not be repeated in the next elections.

Commenting on the removal of Judge Kazim Malik from his post, Imran said that “our request for Malik’s removal from the post to be withdrawn was also agreed by the CEC.”

Further, Army presence is also set to be greater during the next general elections. Imran assured that his party was no longer the party which took part in the 2013 elections and has changed considerably.

Read: Imran Khan threatens sit-in against poll body

“We have the youth, we have support, we have all the people behind us like no other party,” he said.

Concluding the presser, the PTI chief offered his condolences to the family of Abdul Hafeez Pirzada, author of the 1973 Constitution, following his death in London in the early hours of Wednesday.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • z
    Sep 2, 2015 - 3:36PM

    IK you are a proven confused politician. Please stop influencing the institutes, you wont be able to win any election InshaAllah. What happened to planned 4th October dharnas?Recommend

  • Imran Qadri
    Sep 2, 2015 - 3:50PM

    Imran assured that his party was no longer the party which took part in the 2013 elections and has changed considerably.

    So finally Imran is admitting that his party had no chance of winning elections back in 2013 and now things have “changed considerably”(induction of new corrupt electables) so they will do better in next elections.. Recommend

  • Mamu
    Sep 2, 2015 - 3:55PM

    We have to try and fix the corrupt system and Imran is doing the best job he can. Instead of appreciating him, many still think he is doing it coz he wants to become PM. IF he really wanted to become PM then he would have stuff the ECP with all the cash the party had to win the elections. That was the only way to win elections in Pakistan in 2013.Recommend

  • Raheel
    Sep 2, 2015 - 3:56PM

    You have a problem if he does Dharna. You have a problem if he does not do Dharna. It seems the problem is with you and not IK.Recommend

  • Lalukhati
    Sep 2, 2015 - 3:57PM

    Way to Go Imran Khan! We r with u.Recommend

  • Rubber stamp
    Sep 2, 2015 - 3:59PM

    Good to see that the meeting went positive. Hopefully ECP will fix its office and do its duty honestly. Recommend

  • Waqas
    Sep 2, 2015 - 4:04PM

    stop confusing people khan, it was not just Justice Kazim, all tribunal judges didn’t get extension. and now all of them got the exension.Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Sep 2, 2015 - 4:33PM

    Without IK there would be no reforms. Exactly what these supposed democrats want. IK may lose the election because most of the population retarded but his legacy will long after he has gone.Recommend

  • z
    Sep 2, 2015 - 4:42PM

    CEC please be careful of him. He is a U turn master, his next target will be you. Be ready to see allegations.Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Sep 2, 2015 - 4:48PM

    so will IK stop his hollow slogans and focus on working in the parliament? if he thinks nawaz sharif is corrupt IK should expose his cases like Choudhary Nisar did through public accounts committee. do some work IK.
    by the way did someone recorded a video of the meeting (considering PTI’s track record of meetings e.g. JC formation meetings, JC hearings, NADRA chairman meeting etc.)Recommend

  • Abid Shah Mashwani
    Sep 2, 2015 - 6:15PM

    No doubt IK is not cunning like NS, Zardari or even Khursheed Shah but he is honest and upfront. He says what he thinks and what he plans. This may not be good thing in a corrupt system of Pakistan but people must acknowledge and appreciate that due to IK (PTI) things are improving. For example, for the first time in Pakistani history we knew how most traditional politicians and parties rig election. Similarly, in last 30+ years for the first time Karachi conditions are improving for common people. If it was not for the fear of PTI, PMLN, PPP and MQM would have agreed to some NRO and put innocent people of KHI back into same bhatta, target killing etc. So lets appreciate IK if you are not a beneficiary of corrupt system, mean if you are not posted because of sifarish of a MPA, MNA, etc.Recommend

  • z
    Sep 2, 2015 - 6:34PM

    @Abid Shah Mashwani, IK has just made alliance with PPP today. Please have it checked and then spend your precious time here on leaving comments.Recommend

  • Abid Shah Mashwani
    Sep 2, 2015 - 8:41PM

    @z I think IK should not burn all bridges even with parties like MQM, and should make alliances with any party as long as it is for a good cause. If PPP, ANP, PMLQ, JI, PAT etc support PTI demand for accountability of EC staffs responsible for election irregularities including a demand for resignation of all Provincial CEC,then there is nothing wrong to make alliance with them. This is the only way PTI could pressurize a government (a product of a fraud election) to do the right things, otherwise current government will do anything and everything to make sure Military operation against terrorists and corrupt mafia don’t enter Punjab.Recommend

  • Arshad Kamal Khan
    Sep 2, 2015 - 10:13PM

    There are those who take every opportunity to belittle and mock Imran Khan. These are the same people who always support the dishonest, corrupt minds that flourishes in Pakistani politics. And in time this mindset has even penetrated the decent people.
    It is the corruption that is the mother of all evils. A state that is corrupt can not defend itself even if it has a strong and competent army. An army also needs a competent and honest public to support it.
    Corruption is not an evil that is connected to money only, but it is also connected to the mind and to all evil things that exist today in Pakistan. If the corrupt people are allowed to take hold of political power in the country as has nearly happened, then even the army can become compromised.
    This is nearly the situation in Pakistan. General Raheel, has just in time stepped in, to stop the rot.
    One can judge the extent of corruption by the manner in which India seems to attack the borders, issue provocative statements, and try to block developments which can augur a better Pakistan.
    Pakistan stands alone in this fight and it has to come to its senses. Pakistanis who want to retain the old corrupt system should be boycotted politically and socially. The redemption lies in our hands and not anywhere else. Recommend

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