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Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan unveils white paper on poll rigging during a press conference in Islamabad on Wednesday. – Photo by Online
Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan unveils white paper on poll rigging during a press conference in Islamabad on Wednesday. – Photo by Online

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Wednesday released his party's white paper consisting of 2,000 pages over alleged rigging during the May 11 general elections.

Addressing a press conference, the PTI chief said that if the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) failed to conduct free, fair and transparent by-elections – scheduled to be held on Thursday, August 22, then the commission would itself be responsible for the consequences.

He said the party was not prepared for any alleged rigging during the May 11 polls as the election process was conducted under an independent judiciary and Election Commission.

Khan said around 400 petitions were filed in the election tribunals over rigging in the general elections, adding that out of aforementioned petitions 64 were filed by his party.

The PTI chief termed the role of some Returning Offices (RO) during the general elections as “shameful” saying one of the ROs had admitted to corruption during the polling process.

The cricket legend-turned-politician further said that his party admitted results of the general elections and did not want re-polling. However, he added the PTI would confront rigging attempts if electoral system was not fixed before the next elections.

“We want democracy to flourish in the country,” he said and pointed out that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, the prevailing prime minister of Pakistan, had delivered his victory speech at 10:30pm when only 15 per cent of vote count was completed.

“We don’t want to derail the system. We only want re-count on four constituencies through thumb impression ……so that culprits could be punished,” said Khan.

“We could have shut all the cities through sit-ins and protest rallies after the May 11 elections. But we exercised restraint for the sake of democracy,” he added.

The PTI chief questioned as why and to whom Nawaz Sharif appealed for getting a clear majority at 10:30pm when the polling had already been stopped.

Comments (26) Closed

Khan Aug 21, 2013 08:30pm

Imran Khan - Why for once do you not come to terms with reality on ground that you do not have the national mandate for now. You did not even have enough candidates nominated in the elections to cover the majority in the national and provincial asseblies. I respected your achievements in cricket, although even then you were a very arrogant person, and you still are. Why cannot you find good in others instead of finding bad in them all the time. You must be a very unhappy person? Perhaps you took all the credit in cricket yourself instead of admiring your coleagues and your team. May I also say that you even failed to keep your marriage, to a very fine lady, together how did you think you would bring the nation together? You could provide good support to the government in power with good ideas instead of forming your own party or like they say "derh 1 1/2 eent (brick) ki Masjid". This is not a sermon, just some thoughts".

Khan Aug 21, 2013 08:56pm

What about Tiger Khan's many candidates and elected PTI members who have been found to hold fake degrees??? He rewards them, such as Yousaf Ayub Khan of Haripur, who is guilty of holding a fake degree yet is an esteemed member of PTI's leadership in KPK and a minister in the cabinet holding the portfolio of Communications and Works. Wow Imran Khan, you are an amazing and honest leader who leads an honest party.... NOT!!!

QB Aug 21, 2013 09:13pm

Valid question about statement from NS regarding the victory speech!

samina Aug 21, 2013 09:15pm

I wish he spent all this effort to produce a 100 page paper on how to tackle the issues of security, poverty, unemployment, education, health etc in KPK. sigh!

Mustafa Aug 21, 2013 09:17pm

Only the Army conducts fair elections in Pakistan, one by Yahya and one by Musharraf.

Tansar Aug 21, 2013 09:21pm

The damage is already been done. What benefit this is going to cause? Lets move forward.

Prince Mohammed Aug 21, 2013 09:27pm

I want to salute you Sir IK we love you and we re stand with you..

Noor Aug 21, 2013 09:26pm

Imran is right in asking for a free and fair elections and he is also accepting the results, so ECP and CJP both should put

Ali Aug 21, 2013 09:33pm

Go do something useful for the country, Imran.

athar Aug 21, 2013 09:39pm

Imran you claimed that your party can shut all the cities but you prefer only Karachi Why? The answer is that you are not honest towards Karachi and you do not have any respect for MQM mandate which shows that you do not deserve to ba a leader of a political party. Only Media is supporting you otherwise you do not stand any where.

salman chippa Aug 21, 2013 10:13pm

I hope this white paper help PTI but I doubt since PML(N) corrupt system is far better than any justice system. Too bad Pakistanis will have to suffer for the next 5 years unless nation wakes up and defend.

Ali Aug 21, 2013 10:36pm

CJ-please take action. He is asking for something fair and square. Help the country move toward prosperity.

Shahpur Aug 21, 2013 10:52pm

Still cannot believe how PML-N could win. and especially by such a big margin. Shocker!

shahid Aug 21, 2013 10:52pm

IK is wasting his time.

Ali Aug 21, 2013 11:48pm

"The PTI chief questioned as why and to whom Nawaz Sharif appealed for getting a clear majority at 10:30pm when the polling had already been stopped."

NS making appeal after voting completed or stopped --- Very strange.

rizwan Aug 22, 2013 12:25am

@Imran Khan: Dude, start delivering instead of doing point scoring. Atleast you can make a difference in KPK. Don't act like other politicians who you succeeded by doing all the promises. Where have those 90 day promises gone???

Sand Man Aug 22, 2013 02:42am

May 2013 elections were as much rigged as the 07th March 1977 elections and had similar level of unexpected results.

Maqsood Ahmed Aug 22, 2013 03:06am

Bring Law in the Parliament and introduce legal procedures to strengthen the process of fair and transparent election in the country. Have mercy on courts and let them do their jobs. Courts are not out there to win election for you. Parliament must act now and let it do its job.

Maqsood Ahmed Aug 22, 2013 03:11am

Why do not you take all your proofs to the police station and file a petition to register the cases under the appropriate Law against anybody and everybody who violated the law.

Babar Aug 22, 2013 04:12am

Imran Khan should reduce drinking colorful glasses of drinks. This will help him to talk sense and become a mature person. He is saying that PTI workers are angels and they have casted fake votes but rest of them are all evils. Even the seat which IK lost in Lahore some poling stations vote casted were 250% of actual vote registered. So forget what happened in the past and deliver in KPK it's already more than 2 months only one month is remaining as per your promise that KPK will be a model province in 3 months.

faiza g.r. bhatt Aug 22, 2013 04:18am

massive rigging in favour of PML N was crystal clear to those who tried to vote and to those who voted.

saleem khan Aug 22, 2013 04:22am

Staging the fear election in the state is the first duty of election commission in which it failed badly in the general election. Ruling elite is still perplexed,how they had got a huge majority.Announcement of success by Nawaz shrif beforehand is clearly unveiling the planned rigging through the returning as well as presiding officers etc.

Khizr Aug 22, 2013 05:02am

A good and democratic step by Imran Khan. Election comission and Judiciary should support this call for justice.

Noman khan Aug 22, 2013 07:04am

It's usual that any party who lost in the elections comes up with allegations. Having this press conference just before by polls clearly shows that Imran khan wants to have an impact on today's elections by claims that his party was on receiving end.

It's ironic that until today 3 members of his "clean" party have been identified as fake degree holders and I have not seen a single statement or action from him. Imran khan,s silence on this issue is criminal.

max Aug 23, 2013 07:55am

why can't he stop this now, show what he is do with power he got. It was very unrealicist of PTI to think they can form a govt in their first election. Show us the goods Mr Khan... now you have one state under you. if you can proof it you are different than you will be able to govt the whole country. Until now you haven't shown that you are different than other... same old currpt ppl around u with fake degree and member family in all major parties.....

babar Aug 24, 2013 01:12am

By Elections results prove that actaully elections were rigged by PTI as they have lost by huge margin in Peshawer and Mianwali when Army provided security. Interestingly in Karachi Army was within poling stations on PTI's demand and MQM proved that Karachi belongs to MQM. Voter came out only for MQM. So free and fair elections benefited MQM not PTI. Imran Khan should now become a cricket coach. Next demand from IK will be that in Karachi only PTI workers should be allowed to vote that's the only way they can win. Election in Defence/Clifton should also be cancelled and should be done again.