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PTI to give ‘N’ a run for its money


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Wajihuddin Ahmed (R), a presidential candidate of PTI addresses a press conference along with party chairman, Imran Khan (C). -Photo by AFP
Wajihuddin Ahmed (R), a presidential candidate of PTI addresses a press conference along with party chairman, Imran Khan (C). -Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD, July 26: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has decided to take part in the presidential election, refusing to side with the PPP in its boycott of the process.

PTI chief Imran Khan, speaking at a press conference at the party’s secretariat, said his party had decided to go ahead with the presidential election so as not to give a walkover to the ruling party’s candidate.

Imran Khan, who returned two days ago from London, said it was a hard decision because the PPP had a point in its call for boycott of the election.

Clarifying the party position, Mr Khan said after consulting legal experts on the Supreme Court’s decision to change the date for election from Aug 6 to July 30, “we have reached the conclusion that there is no legal glitch. Hence Justice (retired) Wajihuddin Ahmed will contest the election.”

Justice Ahmed blamed the Election Commission, instead of the Supreme Court, for the election date controversy. He said constitutionally speaking, the ECP had a window of 30 days to carry out the election process, but since it didn’t utilise it adequately, interested candidates felt free to run their campaigns.

Asking the PPP, ANP and PML-Q leaders to vote for him, Justice Ahmed said: “I urge all these parties not to let this opportunity slip though their hands and take part in the election process and vote against the PML-N candidate.”

The Awami National Party and the PML-Q have expressed support for the boycott call given by their former ruling coalition partner in the centre.

Since the election will be conducted through secret ballot, legislators can listen to their conscience without fear of reprisal from their party leaders, the retired judge said.

Imran Khan was hopeful that voters would at least give weight to Justice Ahmed’s unblemished record before casting their vote on July 30. The PTI chief recalled that Wajihuddin Ahmed refused to accept General Pervez Musharraf’s takeover in 1999 and resigned.

PROTEST: The PTI chief once again reiterated his call for a countrywide street march after Ramazan if the SC and ECP didn’t “listen to the party’s call for biometric-based investigation of votes in four constituencies”.

“Our petition is already lying with the SC in which the party has asked for investigation since it has enough evidence to prove that the May 11 elections were rigged.

“I am not for derailing the present government, but I want to ensure that in future no sham elections are held. My party will not go back on its demand for investigation,” the PTI chief asserted.

When Justice Ahmed was asked if he endorsed Mr Khan’s critical views against the SC and the ECP, the PTI’s presidential candidate said he not only endorsed the stance but would also call upon the SC to accept his party’s demand for a fresh scrutiny of votes. “I must say the May 11 elections were worst in terms of rigging and mismanagement. The PTI has accepted election results, but not election rigging,” he said.

Comments (19) Closed

sfyn2it Jul 27, 2013 08:24am

It's a good move by PTI. It seems they address their concerns with the Election Committee's decision to move the date but understand the importance of moving forward. Further, I am encouraged by the tone of PTI after May 11th elections. For the sake of the country's stability, they are not attacking the government in power, but instead the process that got the government in that place. Excellent and intelligent attitude. Encouraging to hear such temperament in Pakistani politics.

As always...Pakistan Zindabad.

Blase Jul 27, 2013 09:37am

Oh for its money. The Sultan Rahi of politics. Please do remind us of this when the votes are counted on July 30.

Shahpur Jul 27, 2013 09:51am

Something good is developing in Pakistani Politics. Only some kind of Pakistan Made Iron will cut the other Pakistani Made Iron. Lahore is good place for the "DUNGLE".

A.A.Noorani Jul 27, 2013 10:23am

Look what the retired Justice is saying 'The PTI has accepted election results, but not election rigging,

Syed Ali Raz Jul 27, 2013 12:40pm

Correction: Imran Khan said that he wajiuddin sahab resigned and did not take oath on PCO. It was in 2007 and not in 1999.

Mr.T Jul 27, 2013 03:01pm

It doesn't matter much but i think N league will play a role in PTI Candidate for president...!

abdul malik Jul 27, 2013 03:14pm

i think it is a good decision by Mr khan.In this way democatic tradition will flourish in the country.

abdul malik Jul 27, 2013 03:21pm

it is agood decision taken by Mr Khan it will help flourish democratic tradition in pakistan

Zubair Jul 27, 2013 03:37pm

Participating in the presidential elections by PTI with undue involvement of our super Mr. un-Justice is the first sign of the friendly opposition role, and only time will tell if this will continue in future. Expectations are that this friendly opposition role will continue.

Agha Ata Jul 27, 2013 05:58pm

Has Imran Khan come back? :)

fida sayani Jul 27, 2013 07:35pm

MQM by declaring there support for the league Presidential candidate and agreeing to join the Nawaz cabinet had shown once again that they are an opportunist party. For money they will sell their soul.

Dr.Sohaib Rana Jul 27, 2013 08:45pm

Khan is born to fight...Long live IK.

Gulbaz Mushtaq Jul 27, 2013 09:45pm

Good decision.

Khalid Jul 27, 2013 11:22pm

I know it is not a known process in Pakistan politics but Justice Ahmed Sir, I would have requested PML-N as well as all the other parties (you have asked to vote for you). If there are any "credible" people in PML-N, they would (and should) vote for you. I know for most people in PML-N "party line" is more important than the country but I hope some of them would vote for you. I have never even heard the name of the other man from PML-N but EVERYONE in Pakistan knows you as you have so much credibility. I wonder how would PML-N take it if you become the president!!.

Azhar Ahmed Jul 28, 2013 01:12am

Imran khan is our leader.......who cares about these untrustworthy rulers who will lead us to more darkness...wake up Pakistan.

NASAH (USA) Jul 29, 2013 07:50am

"The PTI has accepted election results, but not election rigging,

irum afshan qureshi Jul 29, 2013 08:40am

i hope that the boycotting political parties will give their votes to pti's Justice[retd]Wajeeuddin sahib and prove their allegience with the welfare of their homeland.

Azmat Ali Shah Jul 29, 2013 08:05pm

@Syed Ali Raz: It was in 1999 when all your current lot of SC judges endorsed Musharraf but Wajihuddin Ahmad resigned in protest. That is how credible he is.

Abdur Rahman Jul 29, 2013 08:58pm

@NASAH (USA): No its not. They have accepted to move on with the current government but they won't let the rigging go un-investigated. .so that it doesnt happen in future.