LAHORE

Pakistan Muslim League-Zia chief Ijazul Haq on Wednesday accused his rival election candidate from PML-N of massive rigging, but announced unconditional support to PML-N in the Centre and Punjab in the ‘larger interest’ of the country.
Asked at a news conference whether he would demand a ministry from incoming PML-N government, Haq said he would not demand any ministry from PML-N in lieu of his support.
The PML-Z, he said, would support PML-N both in the Centre and Punjab but would maintain its separate identity through demanding separate seats for themselves in the assemblies.
Haq added although PML-N had won landmark elections, there were huge challenges, such as power loadshedding, unemployment and poor law and order, ahead of it, for resolution of which he advised N-League leadership to take all parties along.
Haq claimed PML-Z could have emerged as the sole winner in some constituencies of Bahawalnagar had PML-N candidates not carried out vote-rigging.
The PML-Z chief accused PML-N candidates for NA-190 and NA-191 of massive rigging. He also said he would present the proof of rigging to the election commission against his election rival from NA-191, PML-N’s Mian Abdul Rasheed. He alleged Rasheed did not even fulfill the requirements of articles 62 and 63 of the constitution due to his involvement in different scams.
He said he also held meetings with Jamaat-e-Islami and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leadership to form a pool of political parties against vote-rigging.
Haq, to another question, claimed that former military ruler Pervez Musharraf could leave the country through involvement of some guarantors before a new government takes the charge.