PESHAWAR, 24 April: The judicial commission formed to probe alleged rigging in the general elections of 2013 has asked the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) to provide written proofs regarding their allegations of organised rigging within two days.
The PTI lawyer told the judicial commission headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk yesterday that the victory speech of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif before the results of the general elections was the biggest proof of rigging.
The commission told the PTI lawyer that the PM’s statement can’t be taken as rigging proof. It asked the PTI to state clearly in its statement whether a single person or more were involved in the rigging.
On the commission’s request, the PTI also provided names of 13 witnesses on rigging. The witnesses include former Punjab caretaker chief minister Najam Sethi, journalist Hamid Mir, former MNA Nabeel Gabol, head of Printing Corporation of Pakistan and Punjab and Sindh chief commissioners. However, the chief justice said the commission will decide about taking interviews of witnesses.
The judicial commission also issued notices to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to file replies on the PTI and Jamaat-e-Islami’s allegations.