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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan. — File photo
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan. — File photo

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan says he will shake hands with Nawaz Sharif if his government brings even a single dollar back from President Asif Ali Zardari’s accounts in foreign banks.

Demanding justice on rigging complaints, Mr Khan said PTI workers would come out on the roads if justice was denied. “I will lead protest demonstrations across the country,” the PTI chief said.

Mr Khan was addressing PTI workers in Samanabad (NA-122 constituency) on the invitation of party’s PP-148 MPA Mian Aslam Iqbal on Thursday. He was scheduled to address workers on Wednesday, but could not reach there due to bad weather.

The PTI chief said the Supreme Court took notice of his word “shameful”, but did not take any action where Pakistan’s democracy was under attack. “There is a different ‘Insaf’ for the PML-N and the PTI,” he stated. He said people voted for the bat, but its opponents won the election. He said corrupt rulers could never end corruption in the country. He asked his party workers to start robust preparations for the forthcoming local body elections.

Mr Khan said PML-N leaders were crying hoarse that they would end power crisis within six months after coming into power, but now their claims had extended to five years.

The PTI chief said that National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq had reportedly obtained a stay order after acceptance of his application by the election tribunal about rigging in the NA-122 constituency, where he himself contested the election.

He urged the Supreme Court to take notice of rigging in elections beyond his application for inquiry into four constituencies. He said forensic examination of finger print results would be accepted by the PTI and same was expected from the PML-N. “How come 8,000 votes were polled, where total registered voters were just 1,500?” he asked.

In the NA-103 constituency, Mr Khan stated, the returning officer said that 26 bags of votes had been lost and fresh elections would be organised in this constituency.

“We are raising our voice against rigging and demanding legal and constitutional remedy. If justice is denied, we will protest across the country,” he said.

Mr Khan apologised for violent action against media persons by PTI workers at party’s protest demonstration and assured that action would be taken against those involved.

PTI MPA Mian Aslam Iqbal said mass rigging was committed in the general election in the NA-122 constituency and results were changed. He said the PTI would continue its democratic struggle and raise voice for the resolution of problems being faced by the public. He said the Punjab government had registered a fake case against him, but he would continue to raise voice undeterred.

PTI Punjab general secretary Dr Yasmin Rashid said party workers’ struggle finally compelled the election commission to hold recount of votes in the by-election in the PP-150 constituency. — Staff Reporter

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Saeed Aug 30, 2013 07:46am

Start from his KP and remove corruption from there . Stop asking others what to do. I can predict Imran future , blaming everyone ,Spread hate And move back to his family in London .

Aiza Aug 30, 2013 07:51am

Go Imran go! We are with you!

Amir Cheema Aug 30, 2013 08:19am

Let there be justice without further delay. Recounting of votes with thumb print verification in four constituencies demanded by PTI is a test for Election Commission of Pakistan to restore its credibility as an impartial entity. After recounting this way if the results go against ruling party then Nawaz Sharif should expel candidates implicated in rigging. If results remain unchanged then Imran Khan must accept the election results wholeheartedly. If other parties have similar demands then similar process can be adopted for a limited number of other constituencies as well. The results of the election are controversial in a limited number of constituencies and these can be looked at on a case by case basis. Let us rise above our ego and show to the world that Pakistani nation believes in fairness and justice.

Syed Ahmed Aug 30, 2013 08:47am

Neither Zardari nor Sharif brothers are going to bring back laundered money back to Pakistan. Their security lies in foreign hands.

Abbas Aug 30, 2013 01:43pm

its the same old gramophone record in motion, - bring the looted thrash back, rigging and if you don't agree with me, vigilante actions !time to move on -you were not elected pm - on the law of logic,you lost more votes than gained, rigging is being looked into. Real politicians discuss politics, those who have no clue, discuss people.Just get on with your work to acquire necessary experience.

Parvez Aug 30, 2013 03:57pm

Imran is right in demanding this.........Shehbaz Sharif should be asked to fulfill his election promises.

zafarov Aug 30, 2013 04:52pm

Does that mean Imran has no problem with foreign bank accounts of others? By definition Justice means that it should be applied to everyone, not limited to certain targets. Perhaps Tehreek e Insaf is a misnomer after all.

Akram Aug 30, 2013 07:56pm

Imran needs to mature, he should spend his time fixing KP. That is where he will be judged for the next election. If he does a good job he may sweep the country. If he does poorly he will be swept away. He should not get involved in personal slanging matches with Zardari or the sharifs. He needs to show what he can do, he has the opportunity now use it.

Ibtisam Aug 30, 2013 08:47pm

@Saeed : Any idea what is he doing all this for? Monye/Power/Fame....He can get all that by exploiting KPK Government. Give it a second thought before raising your hands towards keyboard again!

Rana Aug 30, 2013 09:08pm

Imran Khan is basically asking one looter to tell the other one off! I can see nothing happening.

Aamir - Toronto Aug 30, 2013 09:53pm

@Saeed :

And what makes you think that ????

Rana Aug 31, 2013 12:38am

You can't ask one thief to punish another because they cannot see any wrongdoing in their actions.

sja Aug 31, 2013 06:57am

@Aiza: he was running and fielding all over Pakistan with his favourite Tsunami and had a yorker in his hand to knock off the third term for Sharif but he slipped and fell down before delivering the final yorker. Now election is over, he got only one of the four turfs for his party, but he cannot come out of his self created hype to be PM FOR WHOLE PAKISTAN, and is out and on the GO FOR ANOTHER SHOUTING MATCH after got written off by SupremeCourt --- from Sharamnaak now he is going to be HAIYRATNAAK AND may be KHATARNAAAK for Allah Knows who?? you should say go and go and take care of what is in your hand because there is a saying a bird in hand is better always better then the two in the bush. EVER HEARD THIS SAYING advise again please to IMY the loudest shouting political leader in Pakistan he forgets the mikes in front of him already make his voice loud but he has to say at the top of his lungs because he really wants to go somewhere but does not know in fact WHERE???????

sabeeh omer Aug 31, 2013 10:52am

Imran has gone crazy!

Sana Sep 01, 2013 03:53am

Yes if the Sharif's really care about the state of Pakistan's economy they should bring their immense wealth back into the country.. And also they should impose a ban on transferring funds from Pakistan into foreign countries.. There old style foreign exchange control should be reintroduced.. Pakistan was doing fine until the exchange control was lifted. Now 1500 billion dollars belonging to Pakistanis are languishing in foreign banks while the SUCCESSIVE PPP & PML-N GOVERNMENTS HAVE BEEN GROVELING FOR LOANS. Whatever else Imran Khan does he must promise the nation that he will re introduce strict foreign exchange control. Country has been stripped of its assets by the greedy and it is so poor that it can hardly afford the expense required to train and equip itsolice force!!! Shame on the empty slogans of Raiwind's Billionaires!!

Sana Sep 01, 2013 04:19am

Culture of corruption in Pakistan is destroying everything..and the poverty has resulted in squalor and lawlessness. Poor trained and inadequately equipped police force and other law enforcement agencies are contributing to the terrible situation in Karachi and also the rest of the country. I hope that Sharif's are not going to squander their time in office trying to build their business empire.. Pakistan needs investment but no one will be remotely interested unless this country rids itself of crime and corruption. Imran Khan is not power but his job is to watch over the actions or inactions of those in power. His criticisms should not be taken ad signs of hatred... it is opposition's duty to make very strong criticism. KPK is also part of Pakistan and unless PML-N controls the crime and terror situation in the rest of the country KPK will suffer with the rest. Nawaz Sharif is trying to behave like Zardari who did nothing but enjoy himself for 5 years!!! Nawaz Sharif's attention should be on the affairs of the state and not on schemes of how to destroy PTI.. It appears so from his policy of befriending the MAULANA & MQM. THIS IS NOT A GOOD POLICY..NS would be driving a nail in this country's coffin if he collaborates and is in bed with the traitors of MQM & JUI.