ISLAMABAD - In a quick response to the remarks of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan Saturday again made it clear that any judicial commission (JC) formed on the terms and conditions of the ruling PML-N to investigate alleged rigging in last general elections would not be acceptable to his party.
“If judicial commission was formed on the terms proposed by the government, it would be toothless and no accountability could ever be held,” Imran said at a press conference at his residence in Bani Gala. This was his first media appearance after returning from Saudi Arabia where he along with his wife had gone to perform Umrah.
In a hard tone perhaps first time after December 16 incident of Peshawar terrorists attack on school, Imran Khan predicted that this year would be election year if the federal government formed the judicial commission on the terms and conditions of PTI. “We will put both the drafts as proposed by PML-N and PTI for the formation of commission (to investigate rigging) before the public so that they could note which one was the most suitable.
Imran Khan said that the ruling PML-N wanted that the decisions of the election tribunals should not be placed before the proposed commission for investigation. “If PML-N has not rigged the elections, then it should show agreement on our draft and it should not show fears,” he said. PML-N fears because they know that it would be disclosed how it got around 15 million votes. “If JC was formed on our conditions, we will take the decisions of the election tribunals before it, then I can say you that this year would be election year,” he remarked. He also said that if such JC declared that elections were not fair, they would come back to the assemblies.
Imran Khan also warned the government not to play hide and seek and form the proposed judicial commission. “The day we decided to shut down the country, we will not let the government to run its affairs,” he said.
Imran Khan alleged that Returning Officers (ROs) rigged last elections and former chief justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry and former judge of Supreme Court Khalilur Rehman Ramday were on their back. “If commission was formed on our proposed draft, I will prove that former chief justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry and Justice (Retd) Khalilur Rehman Ramday were involved in rigging and were behind the (ROs),” he said, adding that former CJ showed disloyalty with the democracy and should be tried under Article 6 of the Constitution. He said that he would also make public some important things against Iftikhar Chaudhry in the next coming days. He said that ROs stuffed up to forty thousand fake votes in polling bags in each constituency. Whether ROs were blind or being driven by someone else? He said that in a constituency of Sargodha from where Nawaz Sahrif won elections, RO changed the election result of a polling station from 1,500 votes to 7,800 votes. He alleged that caretaker government in Punjab got published hundreds of thousands fake ballot papers before the last three elections of general elections. He said that massive rigging was done in NA-122 and added that PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan had also pointed towards rigging in NA-124, though he was not from his party.
Replying a question that he did not charge such allegations when former CJ had summoned him in the court, Imran Khan said that it took sometime to come evidences. He said that he knew why Iftikhar Chaudhry has summoned him in a contempt of court case and answered former CJ wanted to get closed his lips.
Imran Khan said that PTI was ready to open election results in any constituency of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). Responding another question, chairman PTI said that his party would contest Senate elections only from KP. He said that they would not go back to ‘controversial’ assemblies until JC declared the elections fair. “If anyone from his party went to the assemblies, he can but no more remain in PTI,” he warned. He in a lighter tone said that he would get pay Rs20 billion defamation notice money from the son of former CJ, Dr Arslan Iftikhar as he had made a big money. Iftikhar Chauhdry has sent Rs20 billion defamation notice to Khan.