Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Sunday said that his party had no reservations over appointment of former justice Sardar Raza Khan as new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), but wanted resignation of the four provincial members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for ensuring free, fair and transparent elections.
Speaking at a news conference flanked by PPP and PML-N leaders including Sardar Saifuddin Khosa, Niaz Khan Jakhar and Bahadur Khan Sehar, who joined PTI, Imran Khan expressed confidence in the new CEC, saying Sardar Raza Khan has a good reputation and the party has confidence in him as CEC.
However, he said that the four members of the ECP should resign to pave the way for reconstitution of the commission for ensuring free, fair and transparent elections.
Regarding talks with the government, he rejected the statement by some government ministers that Imran Khan ‘vetoed’ resumption of dialogue process with the government, saying that talks should start from the point where these abandoned.
He said that during earlier negotiation, the government had already accepted all PTI demands except resignation of the prime minister and definition of rigging, adding it was PML-N not the PTI which backed off.
He said that the PTI was demanding constitution of a judicial commission, which can be announced within 48 hours if government intend to.
“The moment Ishaq Dar pick up the phone and contact us, the dialogue will be resumed,” he added. Imran pointed out that the government had agreed on constitution of a judicial commission and a joint investigation team comprising the officials of ISI and MI while the PTI had backed off from its demand for prime minister’s resignation.
Referring to his Plan-C, the PTI chief said that the Plan-C would remain intact until government resumes talks. “PTI has the street power to shut down the whole country…if the government assaults peaceful protestors that would lead to violence,” he warned.
“If peaceful protest is sabotaged then they will make it difficult for them [government],” he warned. Imran apologised to the people of Faisalabad for the inconvenience to be caused to them due to PTI’s shutter-down protest on Monday.
“I apologise to the people of Faisalabad for they will have to suffer for a day, but freedom is affirmed,” he said.
He added that if justice was dispensed with there would be no need for PTI to protest.
Referring to NA-122, Imran maintained that the government had launched propaganda against him that he had not presented any evidence, adding the evidence is in the ballot bags and these should be opened.
“Why the bags are sealed with ballots papers if they are not the evidence and why Ayaz Sadiq [Speaker National Assembly] is hiding behind stay orders if he won legitimately,” Khan questioned.
To a question, Imran Khan also admitted that the PTI awarded election tickets to ‘incompetent’ candidates during 2013 general elections and that was a big mistake. This time a committee has been set up to prevent such people from getting party tickets, he added.
Referring to the advertisement in TV channels against him, he maintained that taxpayers’ money was being used for political advertisements, adding his party would take the matter to the court on Monday.
To another question, Imran Khan said that his party lawmakers had tendered their resignations and even if the judicial commission came up with a conclusion that no rigging took place in 2013 general elections, the PTI would not rejoin the assemblies but start preparations for the next elections.
Earlier, the PTI chief welcomed the PML-N activists in the party, saying that there were many names in PML-N and PPP who are willing to join PTI and the party has constituted a committee for the purpose.
Later addressing the participants of the PTI sit-in at D-Chowk, Imran Khan maintained that he would expose the deals being done in Qatar. He criticised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former President and PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, saying they have derailed the democracy through electoral rigging. Imran Khan predicted a ‘decisive’ day on Monday for the people of Faisalabad and asked the traders to join PTI in the protest if they think it is right.
He said that he wanted to see Pakistan as an alive and awakened nation. Imran said that he and his party would stand by every oppressed one in the country.
He further said that they would have to closely monitor Lahore-Karachi Motorway from the container, adding what Saif-ur-Rehman has to do with NHA contracts.
SOURCE: RECORDER REPORT