ISLAMABAD  -  The general elections were free and fair but a controversy about the Result Transmission System was created aimed at making the process controversial.

This was stated by Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Hussain Chaudhry and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Senator Azam Swati at a joint press conference here on Friday.

The minister said that there was a need to hold a forensic audit of the server system at the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to check whether it was a malfunction or it was intentionally closed. Fawad said that his party believed in free and fair electoral system so that no one should be able to point finger at its transparency.

He recalled that it was Pakistan cricket team captain Imran Khan who introduced neutral empires in the international cricket and he strongly believed in such fairness and transparency in electoral process of the country.

He said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif spent billions of rupees on his foreign visits and always stayed in London on the expense of tax payers.

Besides Nawaz Shairf, his sons Hussain Nawaz, Hassan Nawaz and his daughter Maryam Nawaz illegally spent Rs171,48,603 on their trips on official planes. He said that this expenditure does not include the trips of Hamza Shehbaz and other members of Shehbaz Sharif family as they used Punjab government plane and helicopter.

Moreover, he said that illegal helicopter expenditures of the children of Nawaz Sharif were Rs62,30,000. He said that a bill of Rs25 million would be sent to Sharif family for its recovery. Senator Azam Swati said that July 25 elections were free and fair and they should not be made controversial for failure of the RTS as all the returning officers have the images of Form-45 with them which cannot be changed, tempered or deleted.

At midnight even the Election Commission of Pakistan did not know about the failure of RTS, how come Shehbaz Sharif got the information about its malfunctioning and failure, he questioned.

He said that the Result Management System servers were in possession of NADRA and it was necessary to hold forensic audit of the three servers of the system to ascertain if the system collapsed or it was intentionally closed down. He claimed that by 2am election night 42,862 images of From-45 had been transmitted which constituted 51 percent of the results and only 91 complaints were reported.

He said that NADRA has control of the entire system and the way services of its chairman and other high-ups were hired by the previous government raised many questions.

He said there was no justification in the claims that due to over burden the telecom towers failed to transmit the Form-45 images sent by the Presiding Officers as on the occasion of Eid tens of millions of images are shared without choking of the system. He said that Rs21 billion were paid to ECP for holding free and fair election and the PML-N and PPP appointed the members and chief election commissioner. Later replying to questions of media persons, Fawad Chaudhry clarified that his ministry did not pay for air tickets and stay of anchor persons.

He said that the illegal use of Punjab government planes and helicopters was a provincial matter and the provincial government can take action.