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Imran sees ECP ‘reference’ as an ‘opportunity’

ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is reportedly up to filing a reference against him but Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) skipper Imran Khan is looking at this likely ordeal as an opportunity, Samaa reported. I welcome the news ECP may file reference against me bec then we can present more evidence we have of PMLN-ECP collusion...

SAMAA | - Posted: Aug 28, 2015 | Last Updated: 6 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Aug 28, 2015 | Last Updated: 6 years ago
Imran sees ECP ‘reference’ as an ‘opportunity’

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ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is reportedly up to filing a reference against him but Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) skipper Imran Khan is looking at this likely ordeal as an opportunity, Samaa reported.

I welcome the news ECP may file reference against me bec then we can present more evidence we have of PMLN-ECP collusion in GE 2013 rigging.

— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 28, 2015

Khan’s party is whooping it up these days after election tribunal, formed to hear vote fraud cases, ruled in the favour of its candidates.

Be that as it may, the PTI celebrations are premature to the critics as the former cricket star;s party has a daunting task  of winning the by-elections up ahead.

Yesterday, a victory-drunk Khan could not help challenging Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif to contest NA-122 (constituency) Lahore by-polls against him.

In a massive upset for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN), Election Tribunal disqualified Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq as member of the lower house of the parliament with immediate effect.

Declaring the election null & void,  Justice (Retd) Kazim Ali Malik ordered re-polling in NA-122  at the earliest since Sadiq’s disqualification has rendered the seat vacant.

PMLN leader Ayaz Sadiq  had defeated Khan in the last general elections.

Khan’s party later challenged Sadiq’s election in election tribunal alleging his party of organized vote rigging.

The PTI was upset after a judicial commission rejected claims by cricketer-turned-opposition leader that the country’s 2013 general election was rigged, saying the poll was largely fair.

Khan claimed his party had been robbed of victory in the ballot by a shadowy conspiracy involving poll officials and the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PMLN), which won by a landslide.

PTI staged a large sit-in protest in front of parliament for several months last year to try to force Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from power over the claims.

Sharif held on and in March agreed to set up a judicial commission to investigate claims of foul play in the landmark poll, which marked the first handover of power from one elected civilian government to another in Pakistan’s history.

The three-judge commission, headed by Chief Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, delivered its 237-page report.

It said the election was “in large part organised and conducted fairly and in accordance with the law” and allegations of a plot to rig the result were not supported by evidence.

The report however pointed to shortcomings by the Electoral Commission of Pakistan but said the evidence did not support claims the result was not a “true and fair reflection of the mandate given by the electorate”.

Khan said he accepted the commission’s decision but would give a detailed reaction later after reading their report in full.–SAMAA/Agencies

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