PTI chief alleges extra ballots were printed from three printing presses
124,000 extra ballot papers were printed in Saad Rafique’s constituency
Says his struggle is for justice, not to oust Sharif or bring in boots
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Friday claimed that 5.5 million extra ballot papers were printed for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidates, as he revealed the “horrifying” details of electoral rigging in last year’s general elections.
The PTI chief vowed to keep the masses mobilised against the alleged rigging till justice is served. At the same time, he continued to pursue his demand of “Go Nawaz Go”, saying that the premier should resign because “he is a beneficiary of the poll rigging and a fair probe into the elections cannot be conducted with Sharif in power”.
Addressing a press conference on Friday, Khan said, “At least 5.5 million extra ballot papers were printed to perpetrate the vote fraud. This is how PML-N bagged 15 million votes in 2013 as against 6.8 million in 2008.”
The extra ballots were printed from three printing presses in Pakistan, alleged Khan, adding that the data from two other printing presses was not available yet.
Khan said the additional ballot papers were dispatched to specific constituencies with the intent to rig the polls. “These extra votes were added to the PML-N’s candidates’ vote count. 124,000 extra ballot papers were printed in PML-N leader Saad Rafique’s constituency,” he claimed.
Leveling allegations of post-poll rigging, Khan said, “How did PML-N get 10.5 million more votes than the number of votes it had reportedly bagged at the conclusion of polling on May 11, 2013.”
Khan also alleged that police had been the rulers’ rigging force.
“Punjab and Sindh have become police states,” he said, adding that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) rigged the 2013 polls in Sindh just like the PML-N did in Punjab.
“How else could PPP bag more votes after destroying Sindh in five years than it did after the assassination of its popular leader Benazir Bhutto,” he asked.
JUDICIARY’S ROLE IN RIGGING:
The PTI chief alleged that former chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was also involved in poll rigging.
“We were told (by the then CJP) that justice will be served to us in four months but to no avail,” he said.
“Hundreds of election petitions filed by PTI were dismissed on minor objections raised over full stops, comas and other unimportant flaws.”
PROTEST AGAINST RIGGING WILL CONTINUE:
Khan said that if election rigging probe was not conducted and culprits were brought to book, then the next general elections will be a contest between “rigging practitioners”.
“Each and every person involved in rigging should be tried and asked their motive behind trampling upon the rights of millions of Pakistanis,” said Khan, as he called for a correction of the country’s electoral process.
“Those who stole the people’s mandate are no different than those who come into power through 111 Brigade,” he said.
Khan rubbished rumors that PTI’s sit-ins were being held to usher in martial law or to oust Nawaz.
“My struggle is only to bring true democracy in the country and not to bag premiership,” said Khan.