While addressing a press conference on Sunday evening, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan asked for immediate resignation of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) chairman and Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) officials as “they have no legal or moral standing left”.
“We want answers to our queries so that these issues are resolved before the upcoming by-polls and local body polls. If the ECP has to carry on conducting elections in this way, then there is no point having them,” said Khan who was flanked by party leaders Shah Mehmod Qureshi and Jahangir Tareen.
He said four out of five members of the ECP were involved in rigging the polls, whereas NADRA chairman presented a flawed report to the tribunal to save a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate.
“Those found involved in illegalities, irregularities and malpractices in 2013 polls as explained in the judicial commission report should be taken actions against as they committed criminal offences,” he said.
Commenting on the alleged role of intelligence agencies in PTI’s dharna, the PTI chief said, “It is a general practice of PML-N to malign the armed forces.”
Speaking on the occasion about on the issue of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)’s return to the Parliament, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that it was their party decision and the government should decide about their resignations.
Earlier in July, the PTI chief had accepted the findings of the judicial commission report which was formed to probe alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections. He had also said that it is not him but Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who should apologise over the judicial commission’s report, as all political parties are in agreement that there was rigging during elections.
Imran had said that the PTI was the only political party which brought proof of rigging, while the other 21 parties — which also admitted the elections were rigged — agreed with the party’s point of view