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Chief of the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan.—File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) criticised on Friday the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for what it called the commission’s hasty retreat against tax evaders, non-filers of tax returns and loan defaulters in the run-up to the general elections.

Talking to Dawn, the PTI’s information secretary, Shafqat Mehmood, said: “We had heard a lot that the ECP had set up a special committee comprising representatives of departments like the Federal Board of Revenue, the State Bank of Pakistan and Nadra who will carry out merciless scrutiny of candidates. But on the face of it, all that is missing.”

Without giving names, Mr Mehmood said the media recently published and telecast reports about candidates who either paid no taxes or paid paltry amounts against their huge income. “But now reports are being published and telecast that say the nomination papers of even those who defaulted on their bank loans have been accepted,” he remarked.

When asked if the PTI was questioning the entire scrutiny process of the ECP, Mr Mehmood said: “Our argument is that the commission on its own should have disqualified candidates, as it has been declaring over the last few weeks that tax evaders and loan defaulters will not be allowed to contest elections. This should not have been done by the returning officers.”

Answering another question, the PTI’s chief spokesman said that initially all the parties and institutions supported the ECP’s decision to strictly carry out the scrutiny work.

“This decision should have been implemented in letter and spirit.”

Updated Apr 13, 2013 02:03am

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Moiz
Apr 13, 2013 02:19am
It is all media hype. At the end we will see same rotten politicians in the assembly.
Syed
Apr 13, 2013 02:23am
Flawed is a small word. EC is a sham and shame. all the corrupt politicians are back.
concerned
Apr 13, 2013 04:21am
Many crooks will come back again.It requires angels to elect angels. Concerned.
Imtiaz
Apr 13, 2013 04:21am
It is not election commission , it is NAWAZ league commission.
Nazir K Ali
Apr 13, 2013 06:49am
This is the deepest stab in the back of the citizens. The Election Tribunal has proven itself to be a fiasco and a farce. Everyone knows that if a rupee lent, remains unpaid by a friend or acquaintance, then that person always remains a defaulter. When political pressure is applied to waive and write-off advances by banks for political 'quid pro quo, then it becomes a ticking time-bomb. Either the banks will collapse or start laying off employees by sluggish performance or intermediation costs will escalate as we are seeing for over a decade. This making a circus of the law and trying to make a monkey of the citizens, which in any case is doomed to fail sooner than later. Salams
KhanChangezKhan
Apr 13, 2013 09:04am
Since the election commission personnel are to old and similar minded of old politicians, therefore, we couldn't expect difference from them. We cannot reach to our expectations until these all retired personnel are kept away from electoral process. Probably we are going to face the same old and tested politicians in power after the forthcoming election who worked for self interest only and not for the country or people of Pakistan. We cannot expect a fail election in presence of the present whole machinery of election commission. A person who himself cannot stand himself by his own foot, how could he would be able to support the heavy structure of Pakistan.
KhanChangezKhan
Apr 13, 2013 09:13am
Above 60 years old should must be retired from all the activities of major responsibilities, either Justice Department, Politicians, Chairmen or Managing Directors or Public Institutions and Industries as well as Defense Personnel otherwise Good Bye Pakistan.
KhanChangezKhan
Apr 13, 2013 09:18am
Above 60 years old should must be retired from all the activities of major responsibilities, either Justice Department, Politicians, Chairmen or Managing Directors or Public Institutions and Industries as well as Defense Personnel because they become unable for taking right decessions in this stage otherwise Good Bye for Pakistan.
Real Pakistani
Apr 13, 2013 10:02am
PTI supporters would like all their opponents banned so that Imran Khan can establish his dictatorship. Otherwise he has no chance.
endcorrupt
Apr 13, 2013 10:36am
First it was the NAB which has been a complete failure; now we have ECP, an incompetent department which hasnt got the guts to stand up to anyone but the poor and weak. Shame on Fakhruddin G. Ibrahim, is this what his life mission was? To let the bigots, the corrupt & vile run for the state
Mustafa
Apr 13, 2013 10:56am
Nawaz sharif zindabad. CJ zindabad. Taliban zindabad Sleeping nation of Pakistan zindabad Of course the year 2013 election remembered as missed chance!!!! Chance to change Pakistan for better.
khan
Apr 13, 2013 02:23pm
Because Imran wants ECP to disqualify every one for him so that he could win against the imminent defeat.
Hyder Husain
Apr 13, 2013 02:26pm
I fully endorse the views expressed by Imran Khan. The scrutiny process has been totally meaningless and ineffective. Most of the candidates allowed to contest elections have past record of financial improbity, loot, plunder, deception, moral depravity. Just imagine a mere recitation of a small ayat or sura of the Holy Quran served to qualify the candidates. Were the Returning Officers taking an oral test to select pesh imams of mosques. No Sir, this sort of eye wash and deception is not acceptable to the people. They will surely not accept the result of such farce elections. There will be complete chaos in the country. This is a collasal waste of national time, money and effort. It seems the civilians are determined to prove that they are worthless lot. Wake up ECP. You will be held responsible for the failure. There is still time to make amends. A thorough scrutiny of the past record of the candidates is the basic requirement so that only honest, dedicated, upright served the interests of the nation.
Hyder Husain
Apr 13, 2013 02:48pm
The Election Commission of Pakistan MUST and I repeat must seek clearance of candidates from Federal Revenue Board, State Bank of Pakistan, utility companies to ensure that they are not defaulters of gas, electricity etc, bills, and even get clearance from all the intelligence agencies who have complete record of all the past misdeeds. Even if there is a delay of two or three months in the elections, it does not matter. BUT WE MUST HAVE HONEST, CLEAN, DEDICATED and UPRIGHT candidates to represent the nation. The same old 65 years old story can not be repeated now. It is NOW Or NEVER.
Aqeel Rana
Apr 14, 2013 09:16am
This is what Dr. Tahir Ul Qadri said... Now IK is saying... where they were in Long March? Shame IK - I personally feel that IK have no decision power...
skeptic
Apr 14, 2013 08:08pm
this is sad, it seems we are going for another ride and an eye wash.Pakistan is probably the only country were bank defaulters and tax evaders rule the country. Disappointing work Fakhru bhai,the onus was on you