Govt agrees on judicial commission to probe election rigging

Published March 20, 2015
DawnNews screengrab shows Ishaq Dar addressing press conference.
DawnNews screengrab shows Ishaq Dar addressing press conference.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) agreed to form the long-awaited judicial commission – on Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) request – to probe irregularities and alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections.

Addressing a joint press conference on Friday, leaders of both the parties announced they had reached a consensus on all the terms of reference which had been under discussion for numerous months.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, flanked by PTI leaders Shah Mehmod Qureshi and Jahangir Tareen, said that PTI has shown a lot of flexibility which had made the agreement possible.

He also thanked the members of the political jirga and appreciated their efforts in ensuring a democratic solution to the standoff between PML-N and PTI. "We are glad that finally a consensus has been achieved," added Dar.

Also read: PPP backed PTI demand for judicial commission, says Qureshi

Speaking on the occasion, PTI Vice-Chairman Shah Mehmod Qureshi said that, “We want to develop a system which everyone should respect.” The 2013 elections have been under discussion for two years now, its important to resolve that issue, he added.

Ishaq Dar further assured that PML-N will share the copy of this agreement with other political parties and every will be apprised about it.

In recent past PTI had shown extraordinary flexibility to bridge the gaps and to evolve a consensus with the PML-N government for constitution of a Judicial Commission to probe into charges of alleged rigging in 2013 general elections.

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had also found PTI’s point-of-view just and assured its support to the party in this regard.

This was stated by Qureshi after the National Council meeting called to review the party’s constitution at a local hotel earlier this week.

Qureshi said the PTI wanted constitution of a Judicial Commission to probe into poll “rigging” allegations so that lessons could be learnt and next election held in a fair and transparent manner.

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