ISLAMABAD - In a series of claims and counter claims on the investigation report of vote-audit of NA-122, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Monday claimed that rigging had been proved in that constituency and warned the government of re-launching its protest movement if an empowered judicial commission was not formed.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan said the report of the local commission on vote-audit of NA-122 had authenticated his party’s claim of massive rigging as 34,376 votes had been found fake in the report contrary to the claims of government that 3,000 bogus votes found. The commission had submitted its report in the election tribunal.

“So the government in no time should form the empowered judicial commission otherwise we will announce our next course of action in our ‘dharna convention’ being held on Jaunray 18,” Khan said while addressing a press conference at his residence in Bani Gala.

“We will take to streets if an empowered commission was not formed to investigate massive rigging in 2013 General Elections. However Khan indicated that PTI would not give a sit-in call this time but start a street movement throughout the country.

“We have got fruits of sit-in whatever we had to get,” Khan said. He also said PTI had ended its sit-in at D-Chowk of Islamabad only due to Peshawar attack.

Receiving congratulations of his marriage from journalists, Khan termed last Sunday’s press conference of Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid a pack of lies. Pervaiz Rashid in his press conference had said that Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq had won more votes, as announced earlier, from Imran Khan during vote re-count of NA-122.  “It was not a vote-recount but a vote-audit,” Khan said.

Without giving the exact findings of the commission report that who was the winner in NA-122 after audit of votes and only showing the 51-page report of the local commission, Khan claimed that the report of the commission conducting audit of NA-122 had proved rigging.

He said, “The report says that total 34,376 votes have been turned out to be fake including 30,118 counterfoils without signatures and stamps of presiding officers (POs), 1,396 counterfoils found missing, 1,395 ballot papers without stamps and signatures of POs and 1,476 extra rejected votes were included in count.”

All these things came to knowledge after the commission opened election bags, he said. PTI chief said according to investigation report, forms XIV and XV of total 128 polling stations had been found missing.

“The serial numbers were not properly mentioned on form XV in 20 polling stations, 28 bags have been found unsealed and discrepancies in form XV and XIV have been found in 218 polling stations,” he said, adding, that similar was the case in the constituencies of Jehangir Tareen and Hamid Khan, both losing candidates of PTI. Some poling bags of NA-124 have been found in NA-122 and PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan himself had published a white paper against election rigging.

“But, we will have to wait for some months more to get the final verdict,” he said. He said that when a leader of the party would have to wait for more than one and a half year to get justice then what will be the position of a common man in this country.

Khan, giving these details, said these were the reasons which frightened PML-N to form the empowered judicial commission as it knew when more ballot bags of constituencies would be opened, the more rigging would be exposed.

Chairman Imran Khan, demanding resignation of the Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq over the report of the commission, questioned how NA speaker for more than one and half year was running the affairs of assembly as he was a stranger to the house.

Posing a number of questions to the government, Khan said, “You rigged elections and now want that no one should ask from you for the five years. Should those presiding officers or returning officers (ROS), who stole mandate of the people, not be brought to justice,” he asked. I want to say that caretaker government was behind them and when ROs would be brought to justice, they would themselves tell who was behind them, he said. “Should these people not be tried under Article 6 of the Constitution,” he said, adding, that even electoral reforms won’t work till those who rigged the polls were not held accountable.

To a question about negotiations with the government over the formation of judicial commission, Shah Mahmood Qureshi confirmed that Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had contacted him but he did not respond as he thought that government and PTI were on a dead end in connection with talks issue. “I think that further sitting for negotiations would be useless,” he said.

PTI leaders Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Jahangir Tareen, Dr Shireen Mazari and Hamid Khan also accompanied Khan.