Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Thursday said the PTI wants a thorough investigation into vote rigging allegations with a view to ensuring transparency in the next polls. Addressing the legal fraternity of Islamabad High Court Bar Association, Imran Khan said the PTI has accepted election results for the sake of country; but it never acquiesced to rigging, adding that a massive rigging was carried out in the 2013 general elections.
“I would have visited Washington if I have any desire to become Prime Minister. I accepted election results for the sake of the country and democracy, but not rigging,” Khan added. “I offer to conduct a vote recount in any constituency of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, if any political party so desires,” Khan added.
Highlighting the reasons for the downfall of the country, Khan alleged that important state-owned entities are annually causing “Rs 580 billion loss” to national kitty, as there is no merit and accountability. He added that a lack of meritocracy deprived competent people of employment opportunities while incompetent are occupying key posts. No system other than democracy is better. True democracy could only come in the absence of monarchy, he said, adding that the movement for ‘bringing change’ should not go waste. He maintained that monarchy has been in vogue in the country in the name of democracy.
Khan stressed the need for ensuring rule of law before elections to restrain criminal elements from benefiting from the system, adding that one takes to the streets when institutions fail to give justice. Referring to state of democracy in India, Khan said that India’s election commissioners conducted transparent elections that led the country to move forward with free media and free judiciary, and all this is because of a true democratic system in India.
Judges should be selected on merit. All political parties, including the ones who won the polls, complained about rigging, then why all the hassle about PTI’s demand of a vote recount in just four constituencies, he urged. He further stated that he was a part of lawyers’ movement for free judiciary and has always protested against elements aiming at curbing media freedom.
SOURCE: RECORDER REPORT