ISLAMABAD- Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has urged Chief Justice of Pakistan, Tassaduq Hussain Jillani to take suo moto notice of the rigging in May 11, 2013 general election and demanded verification of thumb prints in four constituencies.
Addressing a press conference at Central Secretariat today, Imran Khan demanded action against those who were involved in rigging in the general polls. "Today, I will present to you the extent of the rigging that took place, which was even more than we had expected," said Imran. Khan mentioned that the PTI representative from NA-118 Hamid Zaman, put in Rs5.7 million of his own money to acquire information about the vote count. Khan also mentioned that Zaman had received threats following his request to use fingerprint verification during the polls. He also alleged that out of 325 bags of ballot sheets in the constituency, only 69 bags had been sealed and had the right materials in them. 256 of those bags were either empty or had incomplete materials in them. He said that 170,000 votes were cast but 90,000 of the ballot papers were missing. He demanded that the recounting of the votes in the constituency should be conducted in front of the media. "The returning officer is responsible for this," said Khan, "the presiding officer's task is to give the bags to the returning officer who must only accept them if they are sealed." Khan reiterated his allegation that former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry also provided support to the returning officials involved in rigging. Khan said that the election tribunals did not dispose of the cases within 120 days. He said that according to the Free and Fair Election network (Fafen), 71,000 complaints were filed against the election results. "Jang and Geo group was also part of the rigging process," PTI Chief alleged. He also announced that he will completely boycott Jang Group until they publicly tender apology to PTI. He said that PTI will announce its future plan of action in a massive gathering scheduled on May 11 at D-Chowk in Islamabad.