Says nothing short of resignation of PM, ECP; polls under Technocrat PM acceptable
LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has said that he will accept any decision taken by the Supreme Court if it launches a probe into rigging allegations – closely mirroring what Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said minutes later in an address to the nation.
In an interview aired Tuesday by a private TV channel ahead of his ‘Azadi’ march, Imran said he has full confidence in the Chief Justice of Pakistan Nasir-ul-Mulk.
“The Supreme Court should constitute a board with CJP Mulk [as the head]. I trust him completely and will accept any decision [that is given by him],” Imran said.
Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has demanded of the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the existing election commission to resign, holding of election under caretaker Prime Minister and an inquiry into rigging of last elections by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
In a TV interview Tuesday, Imran Khan gave his future course of action and said he would continue his struggle till the last drop of his blood and attainment of justice. He said he has full confidence in the Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Nasirul Malik and whatever the decision of the court, it would be totally respected.
He said the 14th August Azadi March would take place at every cost but he gave the assurance that it would be peaceful completely and martial law would not be accepted in the country.
Imran Khan said he had been demanding recounting of votes in four constituencies but Mian Nawaz Sharif and his government did not listen to him while they are now offering talks. He said the offer of talks is not acceptable to him and he is not a child that Nawaz Sharif would come to him and get him on board. He said talks would be held with the government after 14th August.
He said their struggle is according constitution and law and there should be no doubt that worst type of rigging took place in the 2013 elections. He said unless severe punishment is awarded to those who were involved in the rigging, transparent elections cannot be held in the country but before that an end of the Nawaz government is necessary.
He said the caretaker government including Prime Minister should not consist of politicians but technocrats and it should hold elections under the supervision of Supreme Court.
The PTI chief reiterated that his party would strongly oppose Martial Law and guarantee peaceful conduct of the March. INP