All elections were rigged except the 1970: Imran
07 December, 2014
LAHORE - Claiming that all the elections were rigged except the 1970 polls, PTI Chairman Imran Khan has expressed the hope that the decision concerning reopening of polling bags of NA-122 would be announced tomorrow (Monday) to ascertain the foul play in the 2013 elections.
The PTI chief expressed these views while talking to media persons after recording his statement to the election tribunal over the NA-122 rigging on Saturday.
Imran said, “I have recorded my statement to the election tribunal for NA-122. I told the tribunal that poll-rigging evidence would come to light with the polling bags will be reopened.” He said, “This is the first time in the electoral history of Pakistan that all the opposition parties are unanimous on the point of the 2013 poll rigging. The rulers are trying to hide the rigging.” He said, “We had been asked to reopen the bags of one constituency in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and we did it without any hesitation.”
Imran said shutdown would be observed in Faisalabad on December 8 and there would be no transport in the city on that day. Khan claimed Faisalabad transporters had decided to close down transport and bus stands on December 8 to protest against the corrupt government. He also said the district bar was also supporting the call, so there would a complete strike in the city.
The PTI chairman said his party had nothing to do with the parliamentarians of the “fake” parliament and that the government was free to bribe anybody in PTI so that his party was left with fully committed and sincere members.
He alleged the government was giving them unclear signals regarding the negotiations. He reiterated that unless the term of reference of judicial commission was decided, the protest would continue.
Meanwhile, PTI and PML-N workers narrowly averted a clash outside the election tribunal as scores of activists of both the parties reached the venue much before Imran Khan’s arrival to support their respective parties.
The PTI and PML-N workers raised slogans against each other’s top leadership, which could result in a serious clash, but a heavy police contingent stopped them from doing so.
The followers of Imran Khan waved their shoes towards the PML-N activists who were raising slogan like ‘Weep Imran Weep’, while the PTI workers continued chanting the slogan, ‘Go Nawaz Go’.
In an incident of group politics within the PTI, one camp didn’t allow the other to meet Imran Khan at an office of the former where the party chairman reached to hold meetings with traders for protest campaign in the provincial capital scheduled for December 15.
The senior party leaders who were not allowed to meet the chairman were Shafqat Mehmood, Hamid Zaman, Sardar Kamil Umer, Umer Sarfraz Cheema, Hamid Miraj and others.
Imran reached the private office of the city chapter president, Aleem Khan, along with Punjab president Ijaz Chaudhary to meet the members of the party’s traders’ wing.
When these leaders reached Aleem’s office, instead of allowing them entry, they were insulted by the private security staff of the city president. The security men told them that they were not on the list of the guests. The senior leaders, feeling insulted and embarrassed, left the scene.