ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's protest really scheduled for May 11 to protest alleged rigging in last general elections has been orchestrated when NADRA is busy verifying thumb impressions of sixteen constituencies of National Assembly.
Well-placed government sources told The Nation on Saturday that timing of Imran Khan's protest rally is full of surprises, which they believe, is more like a pressure tactic to influence the NADRA expected to submit its final report to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on May 31.
The PTI leadership has been demanding verification of thumb impressions of four NA seats mostly from Punjab alleging that elections were rigged in these constituencies.
On the other hand, sources in the ECP maintained that PTI has been pressing the commission for some time for early verdicts of election tribunals, while pleases were rejected by the commission on the pretext that these were autonomous entities.
The sources further said that PTI also wanted action against some members of the ECP but the commission informed that ECP couldn't oblige because there is elaborate constitutional mechanism available to seek judicial remedy in such cases. According to article 209, a reference can be filed to the judicial commission in case there is any complaint against any ECP member.
But PTI leadership did not move any reference against any member and all four members appointed under article 213 by the last government are nearing their retirement in July this year.
Now with NADRA busy verifying the thumb impressions of about sixteen constituencies on complaints of rigging, PTI to an unpleasant surprise to many is ostensibly trying to influence the NADRA exercise.