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Govt hits back at Imran; challenges him to prove rigging allegations

25 September, 2014

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ISLAMABAD: The government on Wednesday threw a challenge to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan asking him to prove allegations of rigging in the 2013 elections at the floor of parliament, saying it is the best forum in a democratic system.

Federal Information Minister Pervez Rasheed, at a press conference, criticized PTI chief Imran Khan for hurling allegations about the 2013 elections and said that he had delivered "120 false speeches" during the past 30 days in which he levelled baseless allegations.

Pervez was flanked by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and State Minister Anusha Rahman Khan. Presenting a fact-sheet titled "The Truth behind PTI's allegations" Pervez said that Imran Khan had falsely declared a report by some observers as ECP's report on rigging of elections. "Islam suggests flogging for the one who levels false allegations on others," he declared.

The minister challenged Imran Khan to come to the floor of the assembly and prove any of his allegations mentioned in the observers' report which, he said, was misquoted as ECP's account. "Imran should raise his grievances regarding the Election Commission of Pakistan's (ECP) Post-Election Review report in parliament," he said and clarified that that the report released by the ECP on September 22 did not claim that the PTI was winning the polls during the general elections.

"Parliament is such a forum where any political party could present its stance in a positive manner and it would be addressed," Rasheed said, adding that the PTI chairman tried to put at stake the credibility of the entire electoral system through an unsuccessful attempt.

"Unsuccessful attempts have been made to discredit the May 2013 elections and the election commission," Rasheed lamented. He further stated: "The report does not imply that the PTI was winning the polls or that victory was snatched from them. Imran Khan had claimed that '35 punctures' were made during the 2013 general elections, whereas the report does not mention them."

Rasheed also said that the ECP report does mention irregularities in the elections. The ruling PML-N on Wednesday released a comprehensive fact sheet titled 'Truth behind PTI's allegations of rigging in elections". The paper was released at a joint news conference by the three ministers. The finance minister said it was for the first time elaborate and effective measures were introduced in elections-2013 to ensure transparency and fairness.


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