Imran says does not want judiciary clash

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 10:39:15 by

Imran says does not want clash with judiciary

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan Wednesday said he does not intend to opt for clash with the judiciary but wants to put an end the tradition of rigging in elections.

He was talking to reporters just hours before his appearance in the Supreme Court in the contempt of court proceedings.

He again ruled out tendering apology in the court over his word “shameful” and said he has not committed any mistake to apologize. He reiterated his strong reservations over the role of Returning Officers in the May 11 general elections.

Imran in his formal reply submitted on Tuesday argued he has not committed contempt of court, saying the word ‘shameful’ was neither abusive nor was used to refer to the court.

PTI leader and Imran’s lawyer Hamid Khan submitted the 21-page reply to the apex court on Tuesday, which he says he has a great respect for the judiciary and that he has struggled for its restoration more than any other person. He raised four questions related to the role and conduct of the apex court in the May 11 general elections.

“However it saddens the PTI, when National Judicial Policy Making Committee (NJPMC) in its meeting held on June 8, expressed satisfaction with the performance of returning officers (ROs) and district returning officers (DROs) during the election process,” the reply said.

He further said, “The Supreme Court also issued press release stating that not a single application worth consideration against DROs and ROs was received and that was indeed shocking to the PTI and its candidates.”

Imran said they felt their cases had already been prejudiced by the NJPMC. “A large number of the aggrieved candidates of PTI did not file election petitions because of disappointment arising out of such a press release,” he added.

“The unfair election process has resulted in the unfortunate exit of the chief election commissioner. It lends substance to the overwhelming perception that there was no cohesion within the ECP and the conduct of general elections was extremely flawed,” he continued.

“It is not unusual for the apex court to take suo moto notice of much less grave incidents of injustice where only individuals are concerned. But it was disappointing that this court did not feel it proper to take suo moto notice of such grave injustice where rights of the people of Pakistan have been trampled,” the reply stated.

Imran said the DROs, ROs, police, polling staff and the ECP were involved in the rigging in collusion with members of certain political parties.

“Our voters were misled on polling stations and ‘go slow policy’ adopted by presiding officers also created a mess,” the PTI chief stated.

“It was the ECP that has appointed retired district and sessions judges as Election Tribunal in violation of National Judicial Policy,” he said, reiterating his demand that Supreme Court should order verification of thumb impressions in four constituencies NA-110, NA-122, NA-125 and NA-154.

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