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34,376 bogus votes were detected in NA-122: Imran

13 January, 2015

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan alleged that 34,376 bogus votes were detected in National Assembly’s constituency NA-122 constituency that he lost to Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in May 2013 general polls.

"The rigging is proved. Now instead of dillydallying, the government should form the judicial commission or we would not let this government functioning,” he said while addressing a press conference at his residence in Banigala. The PTI chairman said there is no justice system in Pakistan and "if someone wins the election through rigging then there is no system that could oust them who stole the mandate.”

Imran Khan said federal government came into power through fraudulent elections. "How can we accept Nawaz Sharif as a legitimate ruler?” he questioned. The PTI chairman said the government wants to form a judicial commission that will not have any powers and it would be a useless and toothless judicial commission. "We don’t want this kind of judicial commission. We want an effective and impartial commission and if our demands are not met by January 18, we’ll be on streets again,” he warned.

PTI warned the government of launching a street movement in the country if an empowered judicial commission is not constituted to probe allegations of rigging in the 2013 general elections. While addressing the media in Islamabad, PTI chief Imran Khan announced to hold a "Dharna Convention” on January 18 to unveil his party’s next strategy. "I will announce my future course of action on January 18,” he said. "Come what may… we will come out on the streets if a fair investigation under an empowered judicial commission of the 2013 polls is not initiated.”

Imran said the PTI sit-in at D-Chowk had ended in the wake of the Peshawar attack, but added that they would continue the protest if their demands were not met. Commenting on an inquiry report on vote verification of NA-122, the PTI chairman said the commission has pointed out that there were 34,376 bogus votes in total. "…moreover, 128 polling stations did not have Form 14 and Form 15,” he said, adding that voting bags were not sealed in 28 polling stations, which is a violation of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) rules.

The PTI chief argued that Pakistan’s judicial system was such that one could come into power through rigging, without any accountability. "Can a common man get justice in the existing judicial system?” he asked. Imran said National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq has been hiding behind stay orders because he knew about rigging, and that he would be de-seated if there was a fair investigation.

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