ISLAMABAD - Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid Sunday said Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) members' resignation demand of Imran Khan was an excuse to flee from by-elections.
Talking to a private TV channel, he said the incomplete Election Commission could not hold the elections. Imran Khan was frightened to participate in by-elections that was why he was making lame excuses to flee from it, he added.
Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan was exerting pressure on ECP members to resign. It was tantamount to technical retreat from the upcoming by-election making impossible the holding of elections, providing opportunity to Imran to flee.
PTI should take legal course for removing the ECP members instead of threatening them. PML-N respected reservations of PTI but organizing demonstrations and insulting the national institutions was not an appropriate thing, he added.
He reminded that the PTI had already participated in Local Body elections in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa (KPK) and various by-elections under the same ECP members.
PTI would be defeated in the by-elections in the two constituencies, NA-122 and NA-154 with huge margin, he said adding, Imran Khan had twice been defeated by the candidates of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) from the same constituency of Lahore in the General Elections of 2002 and 2013, then how his nominated candidate could win the elections. He said the history of Haripur by election would be repeated where his party had been defeated by huge margin of over 47,000 votes. The Minister said PTI had been provided ample opportunity to prove their rigging allegations against PML-N in Judicial Commission but they had miserably failed to convince the commission.
PTI had also failed to prove their allegations against former Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary, former caretaker Chief Minister Punjab, Najam Sethi and printing of extra ballot papers from Urdu bazar Lahore.
Both the parties had agreed to accept the JC report but PTI was breaching the agreement by repeating the unproved allegations levelled against the government.
He said PTI should shun politics of agitations and sit-ins keeping in view current scenario in the country.
"We should concentrate on resolving problems being confronted by the country," he said.
He urged PTI to play their role in election reforms committee so that the future elections could further be made transparent, free and fair.
To a question the minister said that he was ready to compete with Jehangir Tareen in any PTI's constituency.