Imran demands army for by-polls, vows to issue polls fraud paper

Sunday, August 18th, 2013 12:48:14 by

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman, Imran Khan, Sunday reiterated his call for deployment of army troops inside and outside polling stations for the August 22 by-polls to stop rigging.  

Talking to reporters in Karachi on the 2nd day of his visit to the city, he said, fair and transparent elections will not be possible without deployment of the army and in the absence of an independent Election Commission.  

“We do not want repetition of the rigging of May 11 in the by-elections,” Khan said.

Elections will be held on 42 National and provincial assembly seats across the country. 

The PTI chief also announced to release a white paper on August 21, presenting detailed reports on the nature of rigging in the general elections held on May 11.

He said a white paper will be issued on the ‘poll rigging’ on August 21. “We appeal to the Chief Justice to take notice of the rigging in the election,” he added.


“Our party has prepared a detailed and evidence-based white paper showing how the elections were stolen through widespread rigging on May 11, which will be made public on Aug 21,” he remarked at a press conference held at residence of a PTI leader.


He said his party will extend unqualified backing to the government for its policy against terrorism. The party has readied the proposals for counter-terrorism policy, which will be presented as and when the government wishes, he added.  

He also visited the residence of Zahra Shahid, a PTI worker who was assassinated, in May and said the sacrifices of Zahra Shahid will not go waste.

He regretted that the concerned authorities had so far failed to arrest the killers of his party’s senior leader Zehra Shahid, who was brutally murdered in Karachi after May 11 elections.


He told the reporters that his party workers were still receiving threats and added that there was no militant wing in his party.


He said the responsibility of law and order in Karachi is rested with police, not the Rangers; however, it is  important that police be depoliticized and system be set in order, the PTI chief asserted.

“Restoration of peace is our topmost priority and we will support the federal government for the purpose.”


Responding to a query, the PTI chief said he intended to hold a public gathering in Karachi; but, the agencies warned him about the potential attack, adding accordingly, lives of the thousands of people cannot be endangered.


About the Supreme Court, Imran Khan said he valued a number of judgments issued by the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.



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