A three-member Judicial Commission headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Nasirul Mulk formed to probe the alleged rigging in 2013 general election has declared the polls organised, fair and according to the law. Prime Minister of Pakistan and head of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz in his address on Thursday evening, took nation into confidence over the recently published report by judicial commission saying it has been proved that there was no rigging on any level and that the 2013 general elections were free and fair. He said that after looking at the findings of the judicial commission, it can not be said that the results were against popular mandate.
The judicial commission was formed on PTI’s request to probe rigging allegations during the 2013 polls. Although all the political parties were claiming that general elections of 2013 were rigged but surprisingly PTI was the only party which provided proof of rigging to the judicial commission. At first PTI leaders kept claiming that they were not provided with the copy of the findings of judicial commission. Later Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has accepted the findings of the judicial commission report.
Purpose of all the exercise to probe the elements of rigging in general elections was not to secure the interest of any political party but to find the irregularities in elections. Judicial commission has declared that elections were not rigged systematically but still there were number of irregularities and loopholes in the general elections of 2013. Now political parties need to sit all together to work on the findings of judicial commission to make the electoral process transparent for future elections. Evolution brings a positive change in the societies not the revolution. Prior to the next general elections electoral process must be strengthened in such a manner that no allegations of rigging could surface again.