LAHORE – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman, Imran Khan has demanded that local bodies (LB) elections be held under the supervision of the judiciary, arguing the election could not be held in a free, fair and transparent manner under the provincial government.
Imran said he will contact the Supreme Court for holding free, fair and transparent elections in the province, adding that all political parties have shown concerns for contesting LB polls under the provincial government.
While addressing a press conference along with Sardar Jehangir Khan Tareen and Ijaz Chaudhry, Imran Khan was critical of the Punjab government, stating that it was scared of conducting free and fair elections.
According to Khan, the PTI would introduce the biometric system for LB elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Imran said he will appear before the Supreme Court tomorrow (Monday) and will file petition to hold the LB polls in Punjab under the supervision of judiciary.
Imran Khan said that the Aam Admi Party has won the election in New Delhi, adding that there is electronic voting in India and no one levels allegations of rigging. He said the results of polls in India are declared one hour of voting, adding if the Aam Admi Party would have contested polls in Pakistan it would not have been able to win even one seat.
He said that the results in Pakistan are declared in two to three days. He said that the elections of May 11 were historic because all the parties leveled allegations of rigging. He said PML-N says the elections in Sindh were rigged and JUI-F says the elections in KPK were rigged and Akhtar Mengal says the elections in Balochistan were rigged.
Terming the voter fraud during the general elections as robbery, Khan called for a detailed investigation in four constituencies with finger print verification. The PTI chairman said the government had admitted that there were 60-70 unverified votes in each constituency. Imran Khan announced that he would approach the Supreme Court on Monday for fingerprint verification in the four constituencies. Imran said his party had accepted the result of the polls but did not accepted the rigging, adding that if polls would be conducted like previous polls then it would be useless exercise. Imran said that the PTI has given a lot of time to government for working but it was failed to provide relief to masses. He said that the honey moon period of the government was three months and it is over.
Commenting on the increasing cost of living in Pakistan Imran Khan announced that his party would stage a historical protest along with coalition partners against inflation on December 22. The protest rally will be joined by Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Munawar Hassan and Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed.
Khan criticized the PML-N government, adding it was responsible for increasing inflation.
While criticizing the PML-N government, the PTI chairman said “Separate laws for rich and poor is a great injustice”.
“PTI will show another tsunami on Dec 22 and it is inviting other parties to join the protest against inflation”, he added.
Khan also alleged that the government was ready to carryout massive rigging in upcoming local bodies elections. He demanded local bodies (LB) elections be held under the supervision of the judiciary.
Imran Khan said if the local body elections were not administered by the judiciary I Punjab, he would challenge the process in the Supreme Court.
The PTI chief said protest was a democratic right of his party, adding that if the PTI was stopped from holding demonstrations then those hindering them would be responsible for the consequences. He said that if the government was not ready to face protest then it should delicate kingdom in Pakistan.
He said democracy could not be confined to a single family but in Punjab most major positions were handed over to people based on nepotism instead of merit.
For that purpose, Khan sought the verification of thumb impressions through the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and emphasised the use of biometric system.
He reiterated that a detailed investigation should be conducted in four constituencies with finger printing.
Slamming Punjab government for demarcation of constituencies, Imran Khan said transparent local bodies (LB) elections could not be held in the province, adding that DCOs were mader district returning officers.
The PTI has been pushing for recounting of votes in constituencies of NA speaker Ayaz Sadiq (NA 122-Lahore V), Water and Power and Defence Minister Khawaja Asif (NA 110-Sialkot I) and Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq (NA 125-Lahore VIII).