ISLAMABAD - Major political parties of the country Wednesday submitted before the Judicial Commission, evidences regarding alleged rigging during the 2013 general elections.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Awami National Party (ANP), Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Muslim League (Q) Balochistan National Party (BNP) have presented proofs and supporting documents regarding alleged rigging in the general elections held in May 2013.

Former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had written a letter to the commission to present the proof, while the MQM had also filed evidence before the commission Tuesday last.

The three-member Judicial Commission constituted under the chairmanship of Chief Justice of Pakistan Nasir ul Mulk for investigating the alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections in its first meeting held on April 9 had sought evidence and proposals by April 15 from the political parties who participated in the elections for its consideration.

Former Punjab Governor and senior leader of Pakistan People’s Party Sardar Latif Khosa along with former federal minister for information and PPP pleader Qamar Zaman Qaira submitted proofs and supporting documents regarding alleged rigging in the general elections before Muhammad Hamid Ali, Secretary to the Commission.

The PPP submitted before the Commission summaries of facts findings about National Assembly constituencies including NA-51, NA-62, NA 98, NA-124, NA 124, NA-138, NA-139, NA-181, NA 202 and Provincial Assembly constituencies including PP-175 and PS-85.

Later, Khosa while talking to newsmen outside Supreme Court said that if the judicial commission recommends annulment of general election 2013 then the Parliament and political parties of the country will decide about the new elections. He said that for the first time a judicial commission has been constituted whose report and findings would be made public.

Similarly, Senator Afrasiab Khattak and Information Secretary Awami National Party Zahid Khan also submitted before the Judicial Commission, proofs and supporting documents regarding alleged rigging in 2013 general elections.

Talking to reporters, Afrasiab Khattak said that although they had accepted the general elections held in May 2013 but they had also expressed some reservations on the conduct of the general elections. He said that they have submitted before the Judicial Commission proofs of rigging held in the general elections in Karachi and Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. He said that they have provided the commission all those details pertaining to volume of attacks on their candidates during the general elections.

He further said that they were subjected to psychological pressure, asking them not to participate in the general elections adding that the state which is responsible for providing security to the citizens, however, he said that the state did not provide them security despite the fact that their president had requested the Chief Election Commissioner to provide security to their candidates.

Likewise, Jamaat-e-Islami also submitted before the Judicial Commission proofs and supporting documents pertaining to the rigging in the general elections.

Mian Aslam, Central Naib Ameer, and Shahid Shamsi, central leader, along with Ameer Jamaat Islami Karachi Naeem ur Rehman presented the documents pertaining to rigging held in Karcahi and FATA.

They told the media that they have provided the commission videos, CDs and documentary proofs of rigging in the general elections.

From FATA, Jammat Islami leaders including Sahibzada Haroon Rashid, former MNA JI from Bajur, presented proofs of rigging NA-43 Bajur while Sardar Khan from NA-44 presented before the commission proofs of rigging and Muhammad Saeed Khan from NA-36 Mohmand Agency provided proofs or rigging.

Similarly, Imtiaz Ranjah from PML-Q also filed documents before the commission while Deputy Secretary General Jamiat Ulema Islam Khalid Waqar Chamkani also filed documents in his personal capacity before the commission.

The Judicial Commission had fixed time until 6 pm for submitting evidence and supporting documents regarding the alleged rigging in the general elections.

The first hearing of the Judicial Commission in the open court will take place today.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in its statement said that it will prove and establish during the course of the proceedings before the Commission these have been corroborated by different sources; individuals; media outlets; news agencies; domestic and international election observers; and other institutions and persons.

The PTI will also respectfully make submissions and seek investigation and enquiry by the Commission under the ordinance into the existence of a conspiracy or systematic effort or design to manipulate and or influence the 2013 elections by anyone, as it has sufficient information and material to warrant such an investigation.  

In order to enable the Commission to ascertain the facts and the truth so as to be able to submit its report and findings on the three questions in Section 3 of the Ordinance, the PTI respectfully seeks a comprehensive  enquiry into all allegations of illegalities and rigging (whether pre-poll, on polling day and post-polling days) in the 2013 elections which have undermined the integrity of the so-called official “results” and thrown the “legitimacy” of the mandate claimed by PML-N into serious doubt in the eyes of the electorate.

The PTI submits that the organisation and conduct of the 2013 election was deeply flawed and there was a concerted plan and scheme to manipulate the election results. PTI respectfully proposes to assist the Commission in undertaking its enquiry into the three questions set forth in Section 3 of the Ordinance by:

Submitting evidence and material to the Commission in relation to the three questions set forth in Section 3 of the Ordinance and making oral submissions thereon;

Identifying key issues and matters in respect of which the PTI respectfully prays that it is necessary and appropriate for the Commission to exercise its powers under Section 6 read with Sections 4(1) and 4(2) of the Ordinance and form separate ‘Special Investigation Teams’ contemplated in Section 6 to investigate the key issues and matters and to report thereon to the Commission and also share the findings with the PTI and other parties represented before the Commission; and

Identify officials and persons, who it is respectfully prayed, may graciously be summoned for examination by and on behalf of the PTI as well as the other parties represented before the Commission and by the Commission itself.