ISLAMABAD - Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid Monday asked Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan not to mislead people of the country by holding one thing in his hand and telling something else in his press conferences.
“Imran Khan does not want formation of judicial commission (JC),” he said while talking to newsmen in Islamabad. Pervaiz Rashid said he would himself ask National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq to tender resignation as an MNA if the word bogus had been mentioned in the tribunal’s findings relating to the audit of NA-122. He said, “The more you open the bags, more you find the PML-N votes”.
He said if anyone has doubts in his mind, forensic examination of every ballot paper from Ayaz Sadiq’s constituency be carried out. He said the PTI chief should have forensic analysis conducted of ballots from wherever he wished. “Ballot boxes from Jahangir Tareen’s constituency were also examined and his total mandate also decreased by 400 votes following the recounting,” Rashid claimed. He said PTI candidates from the constituency of Khawaja Asif did not go to the tribunal and paid fine for their disobedience.
He said if Tareen would hire a reliable lawyer then it obviously would cost him at least Rs20 million. “Hamid Khan took more than 10 hearings in the constituency of Saad Rafique,” he added.
He urged the PTI chairman to start speaking the truth now. He said he would tell Imran exactly what was written in the report. Rashid said if Imran did not want to read the documents himself, he could ask PTI vice chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi to read it to him. “When will Imran learn to speak the truth?” Rashid asked.
He went on to say that all the four constituencies had been opened for audit even before PTI launched its protest sit-in in Islamabad. If Imran agrees, Pervaiz Rashid said, the government was ready to form judicial commission within a day so as to examine whether the ballot papers were legal. The minister said that PTI chairman was playing the role of a strategic partner of terrorists. PTI wanted to shutdown Pakistan on December 16, 2014 and the brutal Army Public School attack in Peshawar also happened on December 16, 2014, which was carried out by Taliban and wondered as to why both terrorists and PTI chief felt inclined to choose the same date.
Meanwhil,e ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), refusing plainly to constitute a judicial commission of PTI’s choice, made it clear on Monday that no supra-constitutional body for probing alleged rigging in 2013 General Elections would be formed.
Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar addressing a press conference asked PTI to give up stubborn attitude for national interests by accepting government’s proposals regarding forming of a judicial commission for investigation of alleged rigging, otherwise matter would remain in limbo.
Dar said government could form the judicial commission in just half an hour if PTI shows some kind of flexibility regarding their demands. PML-N and PTI had agreed on all issues except three issues, which could not be fulfilled, Ishaq Dar made it clear.
The contentious points still to be resolved between the two sides mainly pertain to definition of rigging and terms of reference of the judicial commission.
Further elaborating these points Ishaq Dar said PTI negotiators said that broken sealed ballot bags/unverified votes should be taken as rigging and judicial commission be empowered to even take up all the appeals filed in the tribunals either those on decision had been made by the election tribunals or those still pending with the tribunals.
“If PTI demands are accepted, the judicial commission would acquire the status of a supra-constitutional body and create a number of constitutional problems including nullifying the whole election process of 2013 General Elections”.
Finance Minister said he had sent message to Shah Mahmood Qureshi four days back asking him to show some flexibility. “However, I did not receive his reply as yet,” he added.
Talking about electoral reform commission, Dar said commission had recommended five laws for future election reforms, which would be tabled in National Assembly and Senate for approval.