QUETTA: Former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has termed the judicial commission's report, formed to probe alleged rigging during the 2013 general elections, as an important milestone in the country's history.
“All those who alleged that rigging was done during the elections have been proven wrong and all conspiracies have now come to an end,” said the former chief justice.
“The people who were talking of alleged rigging are now seen as liars and the judicial commission has proved that elections were free and fair,” added Chaudhry while speaking to the media at Khurshid Labour Hall in Quetta, DawnNews reported.
Iftikhar Chaudhry also asked the government, political parties and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to introduce electoral reforms, in order to avoid any rigging allegations in the future.
The former chief justice further said that he would soon announce the formation of his own political party.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan had earlier in the year accused former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and Justice (retd) Khalilur Rehman Ramday of allegedly supervising rigging during the May 2013 general elections.
This was not the first time Imran had levelled allegations against Chaudhry and Ramday. Last year in August, the PTI chief had named Iftikhar Chaudhry, Khalilur Rehman Ramday, former caretaker chief minister of Punjab Najam Sethi and officials of ECP as having played a role in the alleged rigging of 2013 polls.
In reply, lawyers of Iftikhar Chaudhry had sent a defamation notice worth 20 billion rupees to Imran Khan.