Imran wants CJP to probe poll rigging claims

  • PTI chief also urges ECP to play its obligatory role by conducting thorough probe into allegations of vote rigging
  • Says this will help make future polls transparent


Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Friday called upon the chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) to investigate the allegations of rigging in the May 11 general elections to save the democratic process in the country.

Khan was addressing a charged crowd of hundreds of PTI supporters through a video-link. He was discharged by doctors at ShaukatKhanumMemorialHospital two days ago but because of his back injuries, has been advised to rest.

Khan also urged the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to play its obligatory role by conducting a thorough probe into the allegations of vote rigging, at least in the four constituencies the PTI had mentioned.

He said voters, who had turned out in record numbers in the polls, had been staging sit-ins in various parts of the country as their right to vote had been hijacked.

Khan appealed to Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry to order a thorough investigation into poll rigging allegations to save the democratic process in the country.

The PTI chief said he wanted rechecking of thumb-impressions in only four constituencies as a litmus test to evaluate the rigging allegations and to set the polling process straight.

“Since the returning officers were working under your control, it is your responsibility to probe the allegations. This election is being termed as the ROs’ election. ROs have never been accused of being involved in rigging before. If those who were involved in rigging were not punished, who will take part in the next elections?” he asked.

He said it was not only the PTI which was crying foul but all political parties had been leveling allegations of massive vote rigging in the general elections and all wanted a fair probe into the allegations.

“We are sure you will investigate the matter for the sake of the future of Pakistan. This will help make future polls transparent. The ECP should also take action,” he said addressing the CJP.

Khan said his party workers had struggled for the restoration of the sacked judges for the sake of the institution and not for any individual. “We did not come on to the roads for individuals. We wanted to strengthen the institution. Probe into poll fraud will help save Pakistan. The voters who had come to vote are holding spontaneous protests,” he said.

Despite the scorching heat, PTI workers gathered at D-Chowk in thousands to protest against the alleged vote rigging in various constituencies in the May 11 general elections.

PTI leaders including Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Shafqat Mahmood, Jahangir Tareen, Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri, Ishaq Khakwani, Amin Aslam, Malik Sohail Kamriyal, Ijaz Chaudhry, Dr Yasmin Rashid, Dr Wasim Shehzad and others also addressed the gathering.

The party’s workers, including a large number of youth, were waving PTI flags and were carrying placards inscribed with slogans condemning rigging in the elections.

Special poems were recited by party workers and supporters praising the leadership qualities of the PTI chairman. They also criticised the ECP for not taking action against the alleged vote rigging.

Talking to Pakistan Today, Shagufta Tasnim, a PTI worker, said Khan was being missed.


  1. Thank God Imran Khan survived the great fall without any serious injury, and is back on his feet He should also thank God for the victory his party had for the first-time major participation in the elections. He wanted to end terrorism by negotiating with the militants which he can do now from a position of authority, and if he can manage that, that will be a great job done, and a big service to Pakistan and Pakistanis.

    He also wants to turn Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in to a model province which is excellent news. If Imran Khan can accomplish the job, he would have whole Pakistan open to him to conquer at the next elections.

    One of the essential qualities of leaders is not to get bogged down by various irritants and to get on with the job, getting on well also with the people around, instead of constantly dwelling in the past and grumbling about things that did not exactly go the way they wanted.

    There is a tough job ahead, so get on with it, without opening too many fronts unnecessarily, which will only distract you, and take your mind off the main task, adversely affecting the performance level.

    Nigah Buland, Sukhan Dil-Nawaz, Jan Pursooz — Yehee hai Rakht-e-Safar Meer-e-Karwan Kay Liye.


  2. Why SC Chief is not moving He is a great Judge and in vote rigging so many parties have shown their disgust about RO its time that SC takes notice and orders checking of thumn impression That is the best way to give justice to voters They do deserve justice and hope SC will do that checking

  3. Dear Imran, don’t run behind The Flying Birds. Nawaz Sharif respect you as an Honest Leader. So you using your good talent to reconstruct, The Powerful Economic Position of Pakistan in ASIA, Step-up,,,Not step-down. You n your young n honest youths have to control for check n balance Against Corruption in Future. Otherwise Write My Words on your Wallpaper. You Will Loose your Dignity n Prosperity. (A.Q.J.ITALIA)

  4. Mr Khan might as well as for the sun to rise in the west and set in the east if he believes his appeal will bring about any change.

    Revolution like the Arab spring is the only option really. The ballot box is not free or fair in many regions of our land.

    Look at the Karachi vote.

  5. What are you looking for Imran? Another One-Man Suddle commission. Street power is what brought these custodians of law back in chair. It will be street power only that will break this status quo.

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