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We will not curse parliament: Shahbaz Sharif

18 August, 2018

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Shahbaz Sharif spoke on the NA floor focusing primarily on the allegations of rigging in the July 25 polls."Throughout the world, newspapers and outlets are raising accusations of rigging in the general elections," he said.

"This is the worst election in history in terms of rigging; the authorities must act against those responsible."

"What kind of election was this?" he questioned amidst loud chants echoing across the hall.

"The Result Transmission System (RTS) [on the night of July 25] was forcefully shut down. What kind of elections were these that the results were delayed for 48 hours?"

Alleging that 1.6 million votes were rejected, he questioned the discovery of ballot papers from gutters and streets across the country.

The former Punjab chief minister urged the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to "submit a report before this House" adding that "the clauses that need amendment in the Election Act 2017 must be amended so no one can rob the vote of its sanctity".

He threatened that opposition parties would "take to the streets" if a commission was not formed and justice not served.

Reminding the PM-elect of a promise he had made in his first address to the nation after the July 25 polls, Sharif said: "Khan sahab, you had said that if rigging in 2013 elections would be proven, Nawaz Sharif's government should resign. We will not let you run from this. We will hold you accountable for stealing votes."

Clarifying the party's stance and objectives, he said: "We came here for the sake of democracy and to protect the democratic system. There have been movements in the past and we have always stood by this House."

"No matter what we do, we will not curse this parliament, we will not attack this parliament," he added.

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