ISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian (PPP-P)’, that so far has been relying on the evidences and the witnesses of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, has now filed an application before the inquiry commission for alleged rigging in the election took place in KP as well.

A three-judge commission, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Nasir-ul-Mulk, asked PTI’s cousel Abdul Hafiz Pirzada to submit reply over PPP-P’s fresh stance after consulting with his client.

However, Aitzaz Ahsan, who is representing the PPPP before the commission, Thursday feigned no knowledge of application when the reporters asked him about it, saying Latif Khosa, another lawyer of the PPP, has filed the application.

Basically, the PPP has submitted its two-page revised reply in response to the commission’s questioner, which was given to all the political parties. This reply was submitted by two senior PPP lawyers namely Sardar Latif Khosa and Ch Aitzaz Ahsan.

The reply states: “The general elections 2013 were rigged and the result was a shocking surprise especially in the Punjab and KPK, wherein the Returning Officers (ROs) and Presiding Officers were used to subvert the result.”

“PPP will examine the witness at the appropriate time, if so minded. The material and record it relies on its contained in the electoral bags of the constituencies in the Punjab and K-P. In addition, it will submit an analysis by experts drawn from statistics given in a DVD obtained from the ECP from which exercise a DVD in the Excel format is required,” it is further stated.

The PPP also believes that this is primary duty of the inquiry commission to answer the questions who had made the plan of rigging and how the plan was implemented. “However the PPP submits that the plan was to make it lose in the province of Punjab and KP. The identity of the planners will surely be revealed by the inspection of the said record and record with ECP. If, for instance bags with seals intact consistently show destruction of certain specific record such as Form 14 and Form 15 or voters list, the ROs will have been the instrument ad this circumstance will point in one direction.” The reply says that if the very seals of bags are found missing, mutilated or broken, this circumstances will point another direction, adding that it is primary duty  of the commission to find out the planners and this will be revealed from the condition of the electoral record.

The PPP has also replied that elections were rigging in both National as well as provincial assemblies’ constituencies.   

Meanwhile, PTI counsel Abdul Hafeez Pirzada cross-examined former ECP secretary Ishtiaq Ahmad Khan.

Replying to the questions, the ex-secretary ECP told that no Returning Officer (RO) had sent Form 15 to the commission after general elections. He also informed that there was no specific direction or formula, which was given to the ROs regarding the extra ballot papers.

The ex-Secretary ECP also confirmed that the ROs sent the requisition for printing of ballot papers. The demand was sent to the Provincial Election Commissions, who forward it directly to the Printing Press.

Ishtiaq has also expressed ignorance regarding the establishment of committee to monitor the conduct of ROs in general elections. He submitted that he had taken charge as secretary ECP on September 15, 2009 and served on this post for five years. However, he stated that in April 2012, he had tendered resignation but then prime minister did not accept it.

Giving answer over the working of ECP, the former secretary submitted that there are administrative as well as constitutional posts in the ECP, adding that ECP uses its power through their administrative officers including secretary, Provincial Election Commissioners (PECs) etc.

He said that magnetic ink was used on the recommendation of NADRA and the sample of ink was approved by additional secretary ECP, Director General NADRA and later on, it was sent to Karachi PCSIR Karachi for seeking required ink paid.

Ishtiaq said that in September 2013, the ECP had hold its first meeting regarding the requirement of ballot papers. He said that ballot papers were printed on the demand of ROs in 21 days, adding that under the law, these ballot papers should be printed in 15 days.

The commission will resume its hearing today.