PML-N re­jects PTI head's elec­tion rig­ging blames

The Financial Daily - - SPORTS & CONTINUATIONS -

ISLAMABAD: PML-N lead­ers have to­tally re­jected PTI chief Im­ran Khan's al­le­ga­tions about rig­ging in last gen­eral elec­tions and urged PTI to play the role of con­struc­tive op­po­si­tion.

Ad­dress­ing a joint news con­fer­ence in Islamabad, party lead­ers and fed­eral cab­i­net mem­bers Saad Rafique, Per­vaiz Rashid, Anusha Rehman and Muham­mad Zubair said Im­ran Khan ex­pressed full con­fi­dence in the care­taker setup and Chief Elec­tion Com­mis­sioner.

Saad Rafique re­gret­ted that Im­ran Khan is mak­ing elec­tions con­tro­ver­sial af­ter non-re­al­iza­tion of his dream to be­come Prime Min­is­ter.

He said if rig­ging had taken place in elec­tions, why PTI did not use its right to chal­lenge it. He pointed out that in one of the four con­stituen­cies fre­quently re­ferred to by PTI leader, PML-N can­di­date was not the win­ner, but came at third.

The Min­is­ter said if rig­ging took place in NA-122 or NA-125 as claimed by Im­ran Khan then why he has not been able to pro­vide any doc­u­men­tary or dig­i­tal proof.

About Im­ran Khan's ob­jec­tion to ex­tra bal­lot pa­pers, he said it is a stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dure of the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion to print ex­tra bal­lot pa­pers. How­ever, at the end of the polling, each Pre­sid­ing Of­fi­cer fills a state­ment of ac­count giv­ing com­plete de­tails of the con­sumed and the re­main­ing bal­lot pa­pers.

Re­fer­ring to al­le­ga­tion of Im­ran Khan how PML-N got more votes in 2013 as com­pared to 2008, he said the turnout in 2008 was 44 per­cent and 55 per­cent in 2013.

Min­is­ter of State Muham­mad Zubair said PTI con­sti­tuted a com­mit­tee headed by Tas­nim Noorani to go into the cause of its elec­toral de­feat. The re­port pointed out se­ri­ous in­ter­nal flaws and wrong de­ci­sions and at­ti­tude of Im­ran Khan.

Min­is­ter of State Anusha Rehman said 90 per­cent PTI can­di­dates ac­knowl­edged their de­feat. PTI filed only 58 elec­tion pe­ti­tions; 30 for na­tional assem­bly and 28 for pro­vin­cial as­sem­blies. -On­line

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