ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Wednesday dispelled the impression that it had no evidence of rigging to be presented before the judicial commission that is probing allegations of rigging in last general elections and vowed to present all evidence of rigging before the commission before next date of hearing.
PTI also said in loud voice that it was ready to accept the decision of 2013 General Elections Enquiry Commission what ever it would be.
Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan addressing a press conference at his party’ Central Secretariat, after the Core Committee meeting made it clear that those were mistaken who thought that PTI had no evidence to present before the judicial commission. “We have 126,000 documents to prove rigging and on Tuesday (May 5-the next date of hearing of the commission) PTI would submit evidence related to rigging in 74 constituencies before the commission,” Imran said.
Later, the end of press conference of Chairman PTI turned ugly when the protesting sacked employees of Workers Welfare Board Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) stopped Imran Khan and Secretary General PTI Jehangir Khan Tareen from leaving the Central Secretariat to go for their homes. Amid protest of the sacked employees, Imran Khan went back to the party office while Jehangir Tareen dismounted his vehicle and crossed the gate of Secretariat by walking on foot and got in another vehicle to leave for home.
However, Chairman PTI Imran Khan, Chief Minister KP Pervez Khattak and provincial minister of KP Atif Khan jumped over the side wall of the Secretariat to save themselves from the protesting employees. They barged into the house adjacent to the PTI Secretariat and then silently slipped from there for their homes.
Sacked employees of Workers Welfare Board KP are protesting in front of Chairman PTI residence in Bani Gala for the last couple of weeks against their removal from service by the provincial government. PTI chief had to address the last Core Committee through video link because these sacked employees had occupied the main gate of Khan’ residence.
Earlier, the Core Committee chaired by Imran Khan deliberated upon a number of issues, including evidences of rigging to be presented before judicial commission, election tribunal controversy headed by Justice (Retd) Wajihuddin Ahmed, fake degree issue of MNA Murad Saeed, cantonment board elections and by-election of NA-246. The sources said that some members of the committees criticised the strategy of the party to contest cantonment board elections and bye-election of NA-246. They said that Core Committee showed its annoyance over the performance of PTI at least at these two fronts.
About the on-going intra-party controversy regarding proceedings of Election Tribunal headed by Justice (Retd) Wajihuddin Ahmed, Chairman Imran Khan addressing the press conference reiterated its earlier statement that the tribunal stood dissolved. “We all have respect for Justice Wajihuddin Ahmed but the tribunal has completed its task and now stood dissolved,” he added.
He said the tribunal had a difference of opinion as to why caretaker set-up was not announced till next intra-party polls after the dissolution of all bodies of the party.
Imran Khan made it clear that it was wrong to say that he had refused to meet Justice (Retd) Wajih following he had summoned him to appear before the tribunal. “I had asked him to talk through a video link from Islamabad since I was busy in connection with proceedings of the judicial commission,” he said.
Responding to a question about the uninspiring performance of PTI in cantonment boards elections in Punjab where PML-N candidates swept the elections, Imran Khan said that the results would provide his party an opportunity of internal accountability. He said that PTI would examine these results and would look into how much the selection of candidates was right and what mistakes the party made during these elections. This exercise would help improving our performance during the upcoming local bodies elections, he added.
He also accepted the defeat of his party in NA-246 by elections in Karachi but added that his party could not get equal opportunity for election campaign. “We accept the victory of MQM candidate but our party our candidate was not allowed to canvass freely as the MQM was terrorising the people there,” he said, adding that for the first time, MQM contested the election in its real terms.
Talking about law and order situation of Karachi, Chairman Imran Khan said that an All Parties Conference (APC) convened after the December 16 incident of terrorism attack on Army Public School had unanimously decided that action would be taken against target killers in the metropolitan city beyond party affiliations. He said that Pakistanis, including businessman of Karachi besides corrupt politicians had invested $340 billion in Dubai because of the volatile law and order situation here.
 “Businessmen were shifting to countries like Bangladesh and Dubai due to this reasons,” he said.
To a question about China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), PTI chief said this was a golden opportunity for Pakistan to uplift its backward areas. He said that the shortest route of the corridor passes through Dera Ismial Khan and other areas and if the government changed the original route, this would enhance the sense of deprivation among the people of KP and Balochistan.
PTI Vice-chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the government had ensured that all political parties would be briefed about CPEC but this never happened. “All political parties have some reservations over the project,” he said.