ISLAMABAD - The decision of three-member Judicial Commission headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan has exonerated ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) of the charges of stealing the public mandate in an organised fashion in 2013 General Elections levelled by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.
The report which landed in Prime Minister’s House through Ministry of Law has rubbished all the three allegations of stealing public mandate by systematic and organised way by PML-N and is indeed a moral victory for ruling PML-N, and of course would strengthen the government.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leaders were reluctant to come up with any sort of reaction on the report and they said that as it is a sensitive matter so without going through the report of Judicial Commission and in-house deliberation on it the party could not come up with reaction on it.
There was no official word on the landing of Judicial Commission’s report in Prime Minister’s House but sources confirmed to The Nation that the report has landed there and the Prime Minister would most likely call the meeting of his close political and legal aides today (Thursday) to review it.
Political analysts said that the findings of Judicial Commission has put Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in a catch 22 position as party’s Chairman Imran Khan had taken a quite hard and extreme position on the rigging issue and now in the face of the report it would become extremely difficult for the party to readjust in the post-report scenario.
These analysts said that keeping in view the proceedings of Judicial Commission by and large such an outcome was expected but the way it was leaked to media before officially making it public could jeopardise its findings and trigger public protests led by PTI.
They further said that it all depends on the government how it will handle the situation as in the given situation PTI reaction could not be predicted.
Sources in ruling PML-N informed that Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif would discuss the findings of Judicial Commission with his political and legal aides today (Thursday) and would draw future course of action to deal with things.
A senior PML-N leader, who is also cabinet member, said that party would definitely celebrate the vindication of its point, but there would be no mud-slinging or criticism on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, as the Prime Minister wants to move forward and take all the political stakeholders onboard in nation-building.
A source in the government informed that it was expected that Judicial Commission have definitely touched upon the flaws and loopholes in the electoral mechanism prevalent in the country in its report, which the government would definitely address from the platform of Parliamentary Committee on Judicial Reforms, which has sizeable representation of PTI.
The PML-N leader has said now it is time for all political stakeholders in the country to move forward and take solid steps for making the electoral system in the country error-free so that no one could raise a finger at the fairness of the future elections in the country.
The three-member Judicial Commission comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan Nasirul Mulk, Justice Ameer Hani Muslim and Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan had completed the probe into the alleged organised rigging in 2013 General Elections in 86 days.
In all some 69 witnesses from various political parties deposed before the commission including 16 from PTI, 15 from Election Commission of Pakistan, 14 from Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid) while 11 Returning Officers also appeared before the commission and recorded their statements.
Besides these parties Muttahida Quami Movement, Jamaat-i-Islami and other parties also appeared before the commission to present their point of view on alleged rigging in 2013 General Elections.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf had accused PML-N of stealing public mandate through organised rigging in 2013 General Elections, which according to the party were not conducted in transparent fashion.