PTI to contest presidential elections

Friday, July 26th, 2013 6:19:15 by

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Friday formally announced to contest presidential elections despite boycott by the PPP. PTI Chairman Imran Khan said at a news conference in Islamabad that the PTI would not leave the field open for the PML-N. 

He said the verdict of the Supreme Court for advancing the date of presidential election is within the constitutional framework. However he agreed with the PPP’s stance on the court’s verdict.

“PTI will participate in the presidential elections,” Imran told a news conference, saying that the decision was reached after extensive consultation within the party.



PTI’s presidential candidate retired Justice Wajihuddin Ahmad said the judgment of the Supreme Court has no constitutional‚ legal or moral blemish.


Imran added that holding the elections earlier gave them no time to put up a reasonable opposition.


Talking about PTI’s presidential candidate Justice Wajihuddin Ahmed, Imran said that he is a man of principles and would make a good president.


Addressing the press conference alongside Imran, Justice (retd) Wajihuddin Ahmed said,


“A level playing field is not being given to political parties.”


He said that even though the Supreme Court did not violate the Constitution by agreeing to hold the elections early, the Elections Commission of Pakistan should have asked for a “30-day corridor”.


Ahmed is a retired senior judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and a former member of Pakistan’s higher judiciary.


Imran Khan thanked Jamaat-e-Islami for its support for the PTI candidate.


Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) announced on Friday that they will support Ahmed in the upcoming presidential elections.


“We are thankful to JI for supporting our candidate,” the PTI chief said.

Presidential elections which were earlier scheduled for August 6 were brought forward to be held on July 30, on the petition filed by PML-N senator Raja Zafarul Haq in the Supreme Court.


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