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ISI, Military Intelligence officials should be part of judicial panel: Imran Khan

10 November, 2014

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RAHIM YAR KHAN: The Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan, on Sunday said officials of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) should also be a part of the commission headed by the Supreme Court to investigate the alleged rigging in the 2013 general election. Addressing a big rally here, he said the present judiciary was independent but not impartial. He alleged that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had bought the judiciary and some journalists. He said an impartial person should be the head of the commission to be decided by him and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. He said if the commission proved that there had been rigging in the election, the prime minister will have to resign.He said the commission should be formed by November 30 and it should submit its report within four to six weeks. "During this period, Mian Nawaz Sharif can remain the prime minister and we will continue with the sit-in. But things will deteriorate after November 30."He said if his offer was not accepted, he would decide a new course of action and whatever the loss, it would be due to Mian Nawaz Sharif. He said it was their right to demand justice. Imran Khan said if elections were held after the commissionís report, it should be under a new Election Commission because he had no trust in the current four election commissioners and they should resign. Addressing Justice (retd) Tassaduq Hussain Jilani, he said: "We have no trust in you and you should not accept the post of the CEC. We will not accept an Election Commission that is not composed of neutral people," said the PTI chief. Imran said he was staging the sit-in for the people of Pakistan because if rigging was not stopped, there would never be free, fair and transparent elections.He said only the people had the power of vote to give a lesson to the government and if the government knows that it would again come to power through rigging, it would not care about the price hike or unemployment. "If the people of Pakistan want to get out of poverty, they will have to ensure that the sanctity of vote is respected and there is no rigging. Thatís why I demanded recounting in four constituencies but the government did not budge. The sit-in will continue unless those who rigged the elections are exposed." Imran Khan alleged that because of poor governance, the Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) suffered a loss of Rs125 billion and PIA Rs200 billion. He said the real opposition was coming from the Dharna and not from parliament. He said according to Transparency International, if power theft was stopped, the tariff would come down to half. "Thatís why I burnt my power bill because why should I pay for the thieves?" Predicting early elections, Imran said he would not go with a begging bowl to the IMF or the United States, as a self-respecting leader never bowed before anyone.The PTI chief claimed that he was the only political leader in the country whom the nation trusted. He said when the people had faith that their tax money would be spent on their welfare, the number of taxpayers would go up from the present 8.5 percent. End

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