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Imran announces campaign against poll 'rigging'

30 April, 2014

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday announced to launch a campaign against the alleged rigging in the general elections of May 2013, accusing former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry of being involved in the rigging.

While inviting all opposition parties to play their role in this regard, the PTI chairman stressed that his party always stood with democracy and respected democratic norms.

Addressing a press conference in the Federal Capital, he said that the culprits involved in the plot of poll rigging must be exposed. Imran Khan said the holding of free, fair and transparent elections was the major responsibility of the judiciary but he raised questions about the general elections and said the mandate of the public was snatched with pre-planned rigging.

He added that the role of the former chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Chaudhry in the general elections was suspicious and alleged that there were "positive" signs of his involvement in the poll rigging plan. He highlighted that the PTI had approached all the institutions concerned, including the judiciary, prior to the last general elections to prevent rigging but no one heeded them.

He stressed that only a transparent electoral process and a truly sovereign and independent election commission (EC) can ensure that the election results are valid and that they are not fabricated to favour a personality or a family.

Imran Khan issued a deadline of May 11 to the government to act upon the demands of the party and begin carrying out the investigation against the alleged misappropriation that took place in the last general elections. He added that if the federal government did not pay any heed to the deadline his party would announce its future agenda on May 11.. PTI Vice President Shah Mahmood Qureshi and President Javed Hashmi were also present during the occasion.


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