ISLAMABAD - As all the witnesses of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf have been cross-examined the PTI on Monday offered its chairman Imran Khan for cross-examination regarding the allegations of rigging in the general elections 2013.

Abdul Hafeez Pirzada, the PTI counsel, said: “The list of my witnesses has ended and now I want to present Imran Khan for cross-examination.” Chief Justice of Pakistan Nasir-ul-Mulk, heading a three-judge Inquiry Commission, asked the counsel to file an application in that regard.

During the proceedings when PML-N counsel Shahid Hamid was questioning the ex-CM Punjab about elections, Imran Khan seemed little worried as thrice he talked to Pirzada regarding the hearing.

The PTI had produced ex-chief secretary Punjab, ex-additional secretary, Director General Printing Corporation of Pakistan, Islamabad, and Manager PCP, Lahore, ex-DG Printing Security Corporation, ex-DG Printing Postal Foundation, DG Pakistan Security Printing Press, ex-Provincial Election Commissioner, Punjab, Provincial Election Commissioner Balochistan, ex-Nadra chairman, ex-chief secretary ECP Ishtiaq Ahmed and incumbent secretary ECP Babar Fateh Yaqoob, ex-caretaker Chief Minister Najam Sethi, anchor person Hamid Mir and FAFEN ex-CEO Mudasir Rizvi. The statements and replies of the PTI witnesses in no way could establish rigging in the election 2013 in any manner.

Hafeez Pirzada cross-examined Najam Sethi on election rigging but at no stage asked questioned him about ‘35 punctures’ that Imran Khan in his many press conferences had alleged since May 2013. The former caretaker CM Punjab told the commission he brought lots of important documents but no one seemed interested in them.

Upon Pirzada question, Sethi told that in his talk show (Meeray Mutabik) he did mention of slipping away of his power during his stint as caretaker chief minister. He said: “I made two statements, first one was that 7 to 10 days before polling day my power as CM began to slip away and 15 days before the end of my stint, as some secretaries were reporting to Model Town.”

He said additional chief secretary was the focal person to deal with the ECP and he was reporting to the chief secretary and not to me. He told that ECP required the assistance of 200 persons for printing matter. He confirmed that one of his nieces elected as member of National Assembly on women reserved seats on PML-N ticket.

Sethi informed he had reshuffled the entire bureaucracy except a few secretaries before the general elections, adding Javed Iqbal was his first choice for chief secretary Punjab in the caretaker set-up, but the ECP had nominated Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, the incumbent chairman NAB, as chief secretary. He told as Imran Khan had objection on the nomination, therefore, he had spoken to the then Chief Election Commissioner, who was gracious enough to withdraw the nomination of Qamar Zaman as chief secretary Punjab.

The former CM told that he held separate meetings with PML-Q leaders Chaudhry Shujaat and Pervaiz Elahi, PML-N leaders Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif, the leadership of JI, the then PM, Imran Khan and PPP leaders regarding elections 2013. He said during the election campaign he twice received calls from Imran Khan complaining about local administration for not allowing him to hold rallies in the centre of the town. “I did not contact Nawaz Sharif or Shahbaz Sharif himself during the elections but conveyed to them about security threats through administration,” he further told.

Hamid Mir informed that more than once he had stated that there was rigging in the elections 2013 in all the four provinces and FATA. He presented the ballot book, with counterfoil and stamped, printed for polls 2013 for constituency NA-223. Without disclosing the name of person who had provided him the ballot book, Hamid told that PML-N candidate Dr. Rahila Magsi had lost the election against PPP candidate Abdul Sattar Bachani from this constituency.

He also informed that a person who brought sack full of ballot papers in his talk show (Capital Talk) was from Karak/Laki Marwat, adding his name was Shah Abdul Aziz who belonged to Muttahida Deeni Mahaz and had lost election against PTI candidate.

Upon the question of ECP lawyer, Hamid Mir informed that the report he had shown in his programme, about casting of more than 100 per cent votes in many constituencies than the registered voters was of FAFEN. He admitted that FAFEN had later issued clarification for giving wrong figures.

The Commission made it clear to PML-Q that it would not summon incumbent secretary ECP again. The chief justice asked PML-Q counsel to specify about ECP record, which he wanted the commission to summon. The PML-Q counsel submitted that Returning Officers of Sargodha, Gujrat, Sheikhupura and Kasur should be summoned for cross-examination. The commission asked him to inform about the purpose for which he wanted the ROs be summoned.

The commission summoning five officials of ECP, Manager Printing Corporation Pakistan, Karachi, and Provincial Election Commissioner, KPK, today adjourned the hearing.