ISLAMABAD - The Inquiry Commission was informed on Monday that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had submitted two fake applications to the commission.
A three-judge commission, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Nasirul Mulk, was hearing the petitions to probe the allegations of rigging in the general elections 2013.
Barrister Muhammad Iqbal Duggal, appearing on behalf of Syed Qaim Ali Shah Shamsi who contested election from PP-261, Muzaffargarh, and Rana Irfan Mehmood from PP-213, Khanewal, submitted that Ishaque Khakwani had filed fake applications . He added his clients neither had filed the applications nor had they ever authorised PTI or any person, including Ishaque Khakwani, to file such applications . “The applications filed on behalf of my clients are fabricated to embarrass them and damage their standing in PML-N,” he further said. The counsel stated that such an action on the part of PTI is an attempt to mislead the commission and calls for necessary action under the law.
PTI counsel, Abdul Hafeez Pirzada, told the court that so many documents had been filed and if anyone felt aggrieved, he should file an application before the commission. The chief justice, however, asked Barrister Duggal to submit applications in the office and they would examine them.
During the proceedings, Abdul Hafeez Pirzada, PML-N lawyer Shahid Hamid and ECP counsel Salman Raja cross-examined Rizwan Ahmed, former Pakistan Security Printing Corporation (PSPC) Karachi.
The PTI gave up cross-examining ex-MNA Nabeel Gabol and former Sindh provincial election commissioner. Pirzada said he would file applications requesting the commission to summon Muhammad Naeem Akhtar, secretary, Printing Corporation of Pakistan, and the then Lahore commissioner to record their statements. The ECP lawyer submitted that they would give the name of Election Commission’s additional secretary as a witness.
Rizwan said they had fully complied with the instructions of Election Commission of Pakistan regarding printing of ballot papers, which was done under the supervision of the army.
He said, initially, 68 million papers were printed, with lots of corrections due to court judgments in various cases. Eventually, the PSPC printed 73.3 million ballot papers and completed delivery by May 9. He said for printing of extra ballot papers they closed down all other operations and also purchased new machines, which were installed on the PSPC premises. He said due to three factors they had to print over 5 million additional ballot papers. He said the number of voters and candidates increased, which created some technical issues.
He said the PSPC printed ballot papers for three divisions of the Punjab, Multan, Bahawalpur and Sahiwal, excluding Okara, Balochistan, Upper Sindh and Southern Sindh. The ballot papers were handed over to representatives of ECP and returning officers under the supervision of the army. The ballot papers, which were reprinted for some constituencies because of court orders, were destroyed on the premises of PSPC amid tight security. He said persons with specialised knowledge were hired for the numbering of the ballot papers.
The proceedings of the commission were adjourned till Thursday. The Nadra chairman and the FAFEN executive officer would be cross-examined on Thursday and Friday, respectively.