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Imran Khan threatens protest against rigging

Published Jun 11, 2013 06:58am


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Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan.—File Photo
Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan.—File Photo

LAHORE: Showing his distrust in the institutions of judiciary and Election Commission, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has threatened to launch a protest campaign after Eid if its reservations about the election results are not removed.

“We’ll take to the streets after Eid if poll rigging is not investigated in a transparent manner,” Imran Khan said at a press conference on Monday.

The PTI chief, who has yet to take oath as MNA, said he would raise the issue in his maiden speech in the National Assembly.

He said it was baffling that the PML-N, which had obtained only 6.8 million votes when it was at the peak of its popularity (in 1997), managed to secure 10.4 million votes in the May 11 elections.

Mr Khan, who had been a staunch supporter of the judiciary and Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, said both the judiciary and the Election Commission had disappointed him. “The ‘umpires’ did not remain neutral and impartial in the electoral match.”

Admitting that his party lost the elections because it could not make an appropriate polling day plan, he said benefiting from the access to information law under the 18th Amendment, the PTI would obtain the count of ballot paper counterfoils to expose rigging.

Mr Khan claimed that a conspiracy had been hatched to assassinate him on the GT Road during an election rally.

In reply to a question, he said the PML-N would have to devolve powers for good governance and make police and bureaucracy independent.

About US drone attacks, he alleged that these were targeting the same group of people who were being killed in army operations, giving an impression that Pakistan was fighting the American war. He pledged to tackle the cancer of terrorism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


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kiran Jun 11, 2013 07:10am

Imran khan you don't need people who speak for someone else instead of thinking of pti's beneficial interests It also means that they maybe are not sincere like( jave hashmi) so kick them out. You don't need him when god is with you If you realy think that u r blessed with deads. Thank you

beg Jun 11, 2013 07:20am

pakistani are an unfortunate nation that they voted for change yet were robbed of thair right deftly with judges and EC colluding with nawaz

malick Jun 11, 2013 07:34am

IK please give a call to stop paying the electric bills, also drops the walls of ECP during your protest after EID. G Ibrahim and Ishtyaq only understand the bullet voice. Shame shame and shame on ECP.

rafiq Jun 11, 2013 07:33am

Well,illumnaty has plan to bring their candidate,to serve their interest. very soon Imran Khan will take over the Pakistan government.if people dont wake up.wake up and dont follow a man blindly,who is a working to destroy your religion and your sole.

W.Shaikh Jun 11, 2013 07:41am

Imran Khan should have been very careful in making a serious allegation without any evidence. I agree that rigging should be investigated in a fair and transparent manner. However, criticising judiciary and election commission is not fair and right.

I would urge IK to be pragmatic and respect the institutions. Ik should provide the evidence of rigging and challenge it in the court if it is necassary. I am confident that he will get the justice.

Faiza Jun 11, 2013 07:53am

Khan Sahib it is time to move on and prove yourself in the KP Government.

umar Jun 11, 2013 07:56am

Go Diago Go

Navaid Jun 11, 2013 08:13am

Oh for Heaven's sake, get a life Taliban Khan.

Oracle Jun 11, 2013 08:29am

PTI has lost the plot....

gp65 Jun 11, 2013 08:28am

"He said it was baffling that the PML-N, which had obtained only 6.8 million votes when it was at the peak of its popularity (in 1997), managed to secure 10.4 million votes in the May 11 elections."

A liitle research would prevent him from making such naive statements.

Total number of people who voted in the 1997 elections was 19.5 million of which Nawaz got 8.5 million votes or over 45% votes.,_1997

Total number of people who voted in 2013 elections was 45.3 million of which Nawaz got 14.8 million or less than 33% votes,_2013

Ahmed Raza Jun 11, 2013 09:24am

My Khan has lost it. He needs to come out of denial otherwise he should forget his future in Politics...

Zyzz Jun 11, 2013 10:23am

I feel sorry for this guy.

Maryam Jun 11, 2013 10:27am

move on dude! enough of your drama!

Haider Jun 11, 2013 10:35am

Khan Saheb please just give up complaining now and let the process of elected government begin. You can help by being a good and positive opposition party and work with other good people to save our country from the extremist. Stop complaining about our judges because we all know that they have been getting instructions from some pind called Riawand. Also keep your old dogs on a tight leashes because they were no good before and they never will be now. If someone still calling N Sharif his leader, what positive influence can he be for all your die heart young supporters. Give some chance to your young supporters. We pray to Allah for your quick recovery and also guidance from him to eradicate the extremism from our country.

Sayyar Khan Jun 11, 2013 10:46am

Quit protesting now and start working for the development of the country. You are just wasting time and money on these types of protest. Jun 11, 2013 11:10am

it is not ripe time for protest as mian sb has initiated good start and creating any trouble for him will bounce back and imran should focus first on his discouraging start at KPK and gaining strength from KPK he will be in a better postion to make any plausible stand on other issues.

KhanChengezKhan Jun 11, 2013 11:40am

Election 2013 in Pakistan was neither free nor fair. 100% rigging and was planned set up organized by the foreign elements against their anti-supporters. Any protest campaign will not help anyone else top bring justice in this manner. Our justice department can only sought but have no power for implementations of laws. Present Election commission are the bunch of fraudulent, in not, then why they didn't organized election process similarly held re-elections in some of the constituencies in presence of Army inside and out side the polling stations. If these re-elections becomes possible then why not all others from the beginnings? Until we come out from the pressures of foreign elements a free and fair election will be a dream never become possible in our country.

Karthik Jun 11, 2013 11:47am

This guy is a true patriot. He could have lived in London with his beautiful wife Jemima and lived happily ever after. instead he sacrificed his comfort and his life for a bigger cause.

Hope Pakistan is great enough a nation to deserve a great person like you

Pakistani Jun 11, 2013 12:08pm

@Maryam: You are pathetic, what is dramatic about it? Judiciary, military and ECP failed miserably to discharge their obligations

Lala Hassan Jun 11, 2013 12:15pm

Ik should also protest against Poverty, price hike, corruption, Bad Law & order situation and Loadshedding and people shud join those protests otherwise nothing would change in our country. The peaceful protests should be initiated from Lahore and then other major cities of Pakistan.

abed Jun 11, 2013 12:26pm

none in pakistan deserve truth...

zia khan Jun 11, 2013 12:28pm

@Zyzz: There is nothing wrong in demanding scrutiny of votes cast. He has asked for recount and verification of thumb impressions in case of 4 constituencies and that must be done to establish credibility and make rigging impossible in future elections. People are the real stake holders but unfortunately their legitimate right to instal a government has been hijacked & abused by corrupt mafia. Why it is not possible in our country of 180 million to hold free and fair elections? It is essential for Pakistan to have genuine democracy.

Concerned Pakistani Jun 11, 2013 12:30pm

Is it IK or BB speaking from beyond....

Usman Jun 11, 2013 01:03pm

Imran Khan is speaking on behalf of all of those stripped of their mandate and those who have been systematically cheated by the status-quo, sell-out government and politicians. Imran we are all with you, we love you. Imran Khan Zindabad!

Nawaz Sharif Jun 11, 2013 01:05pm

"He said it was baffling that the PML-N, which had obtained only 6.8 million votes when it was at the peak of its popularity (in 1997), managed to secure 10.4 million votes in the May 11 elections."

What's baffling about it mate? In 97 the Pakistani population was around 130 million, while it is about 182 million today. That's 52 million more people. Add to that the fact that the voting age was lowered by your buddy ol pal Musharraf to 18, and you have an explanation for why the PMLN's vote bank has increased.

SNA Jun 11, 2013 01:09pm

PTI... please... PTI. Where is the grace, or what we call losing with dignity. It only proves old saying that "grapes are sour". It saddens me when I hear coming this from PTI folks. Why it baffles you that PMLN got more votes in 2013 than 1997. Let me share with you my small experience. I did not vote for anybody in 1997 while i was 26. However this time i especially flew with my entire family from abroad to Pakistan and we voted enbloc for PMLN because we wanted to contribute our part in the change that we all want to bring to Pakistan. Trust me Mr. Khan I am not the only one who voted for PMLN, there are many many more who voted for PMLN and when you keep on crying "rigging rigging...." it is like an insult to our right of vote. Your claim is akin to that any vote that went to a non-PTI candidate was rigging. Please Mr. Khan if you are a true captain, please let your team learn to lose with dignity which is a very important part of any character. Please PTI, please, stop this.

Let me take this opportunity to share my few thoughts with my PTI brothers and sisters. It is more important if you try to make an independent and objective assessment of PTI's dismal election performance than to add to the disillusion your rank and file by claiming such excuses. I am sure PTI think tank would have done this, however, please do not misguide the rank and file. Trust these people they will stay with you not because of rigging but because of your performance in KPK and National Assembly.

PTI, please, now it is time to demonstrate how you can translate your vision to real hard ground work in KPK. In the run up to the election if somebody asked how PTI would do this or that they were responded to wait with patience and trust them. Time for superlatives, adjectives and wild slogans has gone. Time for deliverance has arrived and whole nation is looking towards you. Please do not try to divert attention.

At the same time, we wish PTI all the best since you are no other than our sincere Pakistani brothers and sisters. At the same time, I have an expectation and hope from the PTI that they will be a true opposition and prove it to be different than the ordinary political stuff.

Therefore, we eagerly wait to see Mr. Khan in action in the assembly as he is the only member left to take an oath and people of NA56 still await for their representation in the national assembly.

A well wisher

Iron Jun 11, 2013 01:49pm

when you invest so much time and energy in a thing, its difficult to move on, and all he's asking for is a verification of the votes, he has given up his demand for re-polling. He deserves at least that

Iron Jun 11, 2013 01:49pm

when you invest so much time and energy in a thing, its difficult to move on, and all he's asking for is a verification of the votes, he has given up his demand for re-polling. He deserves at least that

Faysal Jun 11, 2013 01:55pm

@ Maryam

That is why we are where we are i.e. in a mess

Moreover, if he cannot fight for the rights of his candidates, how can we expect him to fight for the rights of all Pakistanis. If the process is not improved same things will happen over and over again, so we need to pause, reflect and rectify the shortcomings. I agree he needs to shun PMLN phobia.

Syed Jun 11, 2013 02:08pm

To take to the streets as a protest for poll rigging is too late. When people were spending nights and media were showing proofs of rigging, PTI did not come up with a proper plan. Yes, poll rigging should be investigated, if there is a proof it should be brought to the legal forum and in the future electronic voting should be pushed for. PTI missed an opportunity when it did not push hard for the right of voting to overseas Pakistanis, not realizing the fact in time that they are missing a large vote bank. Rightly so, now it is high time that bureacracy, NAB, police and other institutions should be made independent. PTI should make an effort in this regard.

Veqar islam Jun 11, 2013 02:15pm

Important that people confidence in the electoral process is restored. Our issue is we raise issues, but never fix them, hence we continue to live with issues and they become even mroe grave. Therefor all steps which ensures that process is made fool proof must be supported. Today process is dependent on who is the CEC,other members, who is conducting elections etc.. This by definition is flawed. The entire process must be made as less dependent on people and more dependent on technology. Second any process where you cannot trace back the faults,mistakes, fraud is a wrong process. Hence the entire process must be looked at with a view to eliminate possibility of "Lack of tracing ability". I support any effort to restore confidence of people on ballots. Like everything else, our confidence in our system is extremely low and electoral process is no exception. This business of "Moving ON" without fixing the root causes is one of the key reasons for apathy galore all around. WE cannot, must not move on with any issue, unless causes identified, fixes are done in a way that we see serious improvement. This approach is completely missing in our thinking and decision making process. Whether deliberate or inadvertent, I leave the choice open. If PTI is serious about driving this change, they need to define a clear objective, outcome expected, time frame. Expecting people to come out without such basic definitions, will be a real tough job, as election momentum is now over. The window of Election momentum PTI has already lost.

akhtar1995 Jun 11, 2013 02:44pm

pml-n stole the election,imran khan has every right to cannot sweep everything under the carpet.evil will only succeed,if good men stood around,doing nothing.i'm with you imran khan,expose the evil and the cheats.

Myra Jun 11, 2013 02:54pm

It's sad to see how many people just want to 'move on' and 'accept it'.

How much do you want to bet that people accept such injustices in the name of laziness is what got Pakistan into this mess in the first place?

MUHAMMAD YOUNUS BUTT Jun 11, 2013 03:17pm

Rubbish and un-matured statement.Imran Khan first will fight for stoppage of DRONE ATTACKS ON PAKISTAN SOIL.WHY HE CHANGES JIS POLICIES FOR NOTHING.

Saqib Jun 11, 2013 03:32pm

The Electoral process needs to be streamlined, how can you take fingerprints of people and not check them afterwards. This has to be rectified now, otherwise in the next election again, people will forget and ECP will again make excuses. Alas it seems Mr. Tahir ul Qadri had a point, though he seemed an imposter at the time, but some of his objections make sense now.

naghman qureshi Jun 11, 2013 04:42pm

accept and respect the will of the people and work for the country

Imran Mani Jun 11, 2013 05:00pm

@Maryam: i heard from some1 very wise.... wrong will always b wrong... if u move on then that means u agree wid that...

anony Jun 11, 2013 07:38pm

Long live PTI. Long live Imran. We are with you no matter what.

Shahid Jun 11, 2013 07:41pm

It is also baffling that PTI which had only one seat in previous elections could gain so many seats, IK should start thinking rationally and pay attention to law and order in KPK, show us an improvement instead of just words and stop creating problems for the newly elected government.

Ali Jun 11, 2013 08:21pm

Finally you woke up Mr Khan?

Ali Jun 11, 2013 08:22pm

@zia khan: Who is going to pay? You...

AA Jun 11, 2013 08:32pm

Reading the comments here proves why we as a nation are so backward. To improve a system, first you have to accept and prove that there is something wrong with it. knowing the problem helps to improve the system and would eventually guide a nation towards a better and more prosperous future. PTI has already accepted defeat but they (and also all other major political parties) have stressed since election that rigging has taken place. Plenty of evidence was brought to us by the media as well. Individuals that were involved in rigging must be punished. This is called rule of law something completely unknown to Pakistan. What Imran Khan is doing is trying to improve the system and bring rule of law to Pakistan.

Hasnain Haque Jun 11, 2013 08:36pm

@Faysal: It is very simple, why cant the autorities disclose the information and answer the questions being asked. Isnt this what democracy means, oh perhaps not in Pakistan.

Athar Jun 11, 2013 08:48pm

Imran you were unable to unite the 11 players in cricket team and did not did any justice with so many players such as Shuaib Mohammad ( The son of Great Hanif Mohammad) how U can claim justice from other institution. First you should be fair & then expect the justice from others. You were not fair towards your family how one can expect fairness from you. 2013 election can be good for any third party XYZ just like your party because people were fed up with the present system but you could not get the benefit of this situation as you are equally not fair & people knew about it & the current example is your treatment towards your own worker Fozia Kasuri. You got so many votes at the cost of PPP and that's a big conspiracy behind it

Hasnain Haque Jun 11, 2013 09:02pm

@SNA: I am astonished that you flew your family en bloc to assist a corrupt family to loot Pakistan for the third time. I am also astonished that you live abroad and yet do not value democracy, transparency and accountability. I am further astonished that you are so blinkered to acknowledge that PTI has changed the landscape of Pakistani politics, they have made such a huge difference to ordinary men and women on the streets. I hope you will one day realise the impact of your decisions and value of democracy. By the way, just in case you missed it PTI simply asked for transparency and answers to some basic questions, this should not be difficult to provide for anyone unless of course they have something to hide. Good luck with your PMLN.

wasim Jun 11, 2013 09:06pm

This unfortunate nation does not deserve such a honest leader.It deserve the bunch that is sitting in Islamabad.

MK Jun 11, 2013 09:45pm

I do not know when our people will open there eyes that our country will not chagne unless someone will stand up and raise the voice against this system. We are full of hippocracy. If elections are finish than what, just sit in a room and chit chat, say things " be a man", "accept the defeat with dignity". Lets say PTI accept the defeat with dignity than what will happen, people think that our priminiter will listen. There is no way.

Yes the priminister will listen when PTI will protest and raise the voice hard. Alas, that this is happening after the election which was suppose to happen before.

I will say one thing for Imran that May Allah give him success and make him powerfull if he is trying to do right things.

Daniyal Farrakh Jun 11, 2013 09:48pm

@SNA: Well Said, enough is enough, stop the griping get to work!

umaira ansari Jun 11, 2013 10:57pm

@SNA: Just as you have the right to be counted, so do we. We have no problems with the N-league had they won fair and square. But I have a BIG problem since my vote turned up in their pocket. I also have a BIG problem when the entire nation is asked to vote in a (s) election. And while your vote merely validated the (s) election process, mine was thrown to the dogs. Who makes these rules? Are we destined to remain the silent majority all our lives? When will we be counted? We have every right to fight for our rights. This is as much your country as it is ours. We will not bow to tyranny, injustice, oppression and violation. We will fight for a naya Pakistan. And when we win, your children will thank us for it! Btw, I know planes full of people who flew down on the eve of the (s)election and voted for the great Khan.

Ammar Jun 11, 2013 11:17pm

IK never stops to amuse me...

AK Jun 11, 2013 11:44pm

Population grows. 6.8 million growing at 2% over 16 years becomes 9.3 million. At 3% it becomes 10.9 million. This, plus the high turnout, makes 10.4 million is a plausible number. Not a strong argument. Jun 12, 2013 12:09am

PTI should face the reality, even Imran staged the lift drama to get sympathy vote he was not able to get vote. Most of the of the votes he got are because of all electables otherwise it would have been difficult for him for the face saving. He said he said thjat 45 million youths are with him and he had about 10 million registered members. He got only 7 million votes so it seems even his registered member have not casted vote in his favor. JUI has already making cries that PTI rigged election in KPK. In Karachi only pakhtoons voted for him

Khan Jun 12, 2013 12:27am

Any suo moto from CJ on defaming the Judiciary by Taliban Khan?

ahmad Jun 12, 2013 12:55am

I agree with Imran khan. Corruption and rigging cost Imran khan to loose the election against nawaz sharif. I am with Imran go ahead and plan to protest after Eid. We all overseas pakistani are with you and pray to God for success

Arshad Khan Jun 12, 2013 01:24am

Pakistan should not just move on as if nothing happened., If Pakistan has to find it's bearings then a correct answer to what happened on the polling day should be disclosed. Rigging on massive scale took place and the people of Pakistan have to know the answer as to who stole their mandate. The cheaters should be expose for the sake of the future generations

Adam Jun 12, 2013 04:43am

@SNA: You won't understand!

SNA Jun 12, 2013 06:51pm

@Hasnain Haque: My dear Brother, nothing to be astonished. According to your logic, if anybody voted for PTI you would brand him a champion of democracy and change and guess what not while you get astonished for me voting for a party other than PTI.

My dear friend, life is not like that. I would like to suggest that please take off the judgmental glasses mired with preconceived notions about the people who are living in Pakistan and about those who care for Pakistan and its fate. Being a PTI supporter does not make you a superior, enlightened and a true patriotic human being. Also being a PTI worker does not give you a license to question the patriotism and judgment of other people who do not subscribe to your ideas.

I had only suggested to the PTI folks to ponder on the reasons of its dismal performance. Because, if they wont do that, future may not be different for them. At the same time, I would like to state that it is an ill notion when you imply that only voting for PTI would mean one values democracy, transparency and accountability. We need to grow up and behave like mature and responsible citizens of a nation which is in distress and dire need.

Also, another brotherly suggestion, it is not a time for arguing among ourselves. It is time to move forward and work patiently and diligently while promoting harmony in our already severely divided society to achieve a common goal which is a better Pakistan today and tomorrow. Please it is time for PTI to demonstrate that it is highly responsible, useful and patriotic entity of our society and it should be reflected in their performance not only in the opposition but also in the exemplary government of KPK.