ISLAMABAD  - Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid Monday said the verdict of election tribunal on NA-125 had nullified allegations of rigging hurled by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leadership from the container.

Speaking in a private television programme, he said it was a matter of satisfaction that the tribunal in its decision did not said that Khwaja Saad Rafiq had committed any rigging.

It mentioned only irregularities, which had nothing to do with rigging, he added.

The minister said it was clearly stated in the decision that there was no rigging in the election. The tribunal also observed that no selling and buying of votes had taken place, while forensic reports also proved that no ballot paper was published at Urdu Bazaar, he added.

All the ballot papers were published in the supervision of army, he noted.

He said the allegations, which the PTI had hurled from the container, were not taken to court. Based on those allegations, the PTI had attacked the Prime Minister House, Parliament House, Pakistan Television and other state buildings, he recalled.

Now the PTI leaders were hesitant to repeat any of the allegations made from the container, he added. Pervaiz Rashid said many elections had been held in Pakistan. All the international organizations, which monitored the last elections, agreed that the same were the most fair and transparent ones, he added.

He said no party previously in power conducted the elections, while rectified voters lists displaying photos were used.

He said according to the NADRA report, the expected error rate for writing down the identity card number was 12.7 percent (based on an analysis of over one million counterfoils), In this constituency (NA-125), he added, the number 6.123 represented only 3.3 percent of the total number of counterfoils.

The minister said on the polling day, the voters went through a process of identification at the polling booths and nobody challenged its veracity. He said Javed Hashmi set an example by announcing his decision of resignation on the floor of the National Assembly instead of misleading people and doing politics on the issue of resignations.

The Speaker asked Shah Mehmood Qureshi to tell him about his resignation on the floor of the House but he avoided to do so, he added.

He said the PTI wanted to use resignations to fuel their politics of container.

Senator Pervaiz said the MQM had demanded resignation from their own governor in Sindh. Dr Ishratul Ebad could take a decision on this issue, which should be discussed with him, he added. The minister said all stakeholders should consult on the issue of Governor Sindh after the stand taken by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). The basic issue was not the governorship, but it was important that law and order situation should not be affected in the province, he added.

He said the matter of Karachi was very serious and the government had created an environment in which all political parties and stakeholders hold consultation on issues instead of haphazard changes.