Imran Khan calls for CEC’s quick resignation after Punjab by-polls

PTI chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan addresses the general public on July 18, 2022 a day after get together received 15 seats in Punjab polls. — YouTube Screengrab

PTI Chairman Imran Khan Monday demanded   Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja’s quick resignation following his get together’s win within the Punjab by-elections on July 17. 

Chatting with the general public in a televised speech, the previous prime minister stated that his actions had been backed by “malintent” and resulting from his  “incompetence”, 4 million folks had been proven useless on voters’ lists.

“However aside from that, he wholeheartedly participated within the polling course of to make sure that PML-N wins,” the PTI chairman stated.

Khan added that the PTI had “lawful” eight instances, which the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP), headed by Raja, rejected to listen to. He stated that the get together then went to the courts to hunt justice, the place it was served the identical.

“We don’t belief this election commissioner,” he maintained.

Khan stated that regardless of a number of instances of rigging throughout polls being introduced earlier than the CEC, he by no means discovered anybody responsible — and, consequently, malpractice continued as nobody had feared accountability.

Referring to the PPP’s landslide victory within the first part of the native physique elections, Khan stated that resulting from CEC’s favouritism, the get together’s victory was attainable.

“He (Raja) is taking cash from two sources — the Sindh authorities and the election fee. His case is pending within the Supreme Court docket,” Khan stated.

“Even the election fee tried all techniques to make sure we lose. However we received regardless of that as folks got here out to solid their votes like by no means earlier than.”

The PTI chairman stated that clear elections aren’t attainable below the present election commissioner.

‘Glad second’

Khan — whereas celebrating his get together’s victory — termed the scenario a “glad second”, and stated he believes that when a nation developed consciousness and begins understanding the imaginative and prescient of the nation “then it’s a second to thank Allah.”

In response to the preliminary closing rely from Sunday’s polls, the PTI received 15 seats, whereas the PML-N managed to clinch victory in solely 4, and an unbiased candidate grabbed one.

“I wish to thank the youth and ladies of Punjab, particularly those that got here out to solid the vote,” Khan stated whereas acknowledging the contributions of PTI supporters, employees, and leaders.

Commenting on his electioneering marketing campaign, Khan stated that all through his race, he centered on the basic precept that the which means of Pakistan was “La Ilaha Illallah (There isn’t any god however Allah)” as a result of this was a philosophy and as soon as folks begin understanding this, they will even grasp the imaginative and prescient of Pakistan and turn out to be a “nice nation.”

“A bunch of individuals turn out to be a nation once they have a imaginative and prescient,” he reiterated, saying that he was glad as a result of folks began questioning [the rulers] and had been decided that they might not settle for slavery after an “imported authorities” was imposed on all of us by a “overseas conspiracy”.

“I’m glad as a result of, for the primary time, I’m seeing consciousness amongst folks and now — by the grace of Allah — we’re heading towards turning into a nation which is able to resolve all points, together with debt and lack of sources, amongst others,” Khan stated whereas highlighting that the elite within the nation had invested overseas and owned properties in overseas international locations as a result of they haven’t any belief on Pakistan.

Recalling the sacrifices rendered by ancestors within the independence of the nation, the PTI chairman stated that everyone ought to be pleased with the folks of Punjab, particularly ladies, who got here out to solid their votes, “that is Naya Pakistan.”

‘Govt used techniques to make sure PTI loses’

Regardless of a landslide victory in opposition to PML-N within the by-election for 20 constituencies of Punjab, Khan accused the coalition authorities of utilizing “each tactic to make sure that we (PTI) lose the polls.”

 “The entire authorities’s [machinery] was used in opposition to us regardless of the Supreme Court docket’s order,” stated the ex-premier.

Casting aspersions on the way in which the federal government managed the Punjab by-polls, Khan stated that if the subsequent elections happen “in such a fashion, then political instability will exacerbate, not lower”.

The PTI chairman famous that the apex courtroom — in its July 1 order — had ordered the federal government to not use its equipment for “interference”, however the PML-N “violated” the order.

“They interfered in each method; they registered FIRs, used police to harass our folks, however on the identical time, I salute the police officers who didn’t pay heed to the federal government’s stress,” he stated.

Khan added that he “remembers” the title of every police officer who was concerned in harassing PTI employees “and behaving like the employees of PML-N”.

Khan to maneuver Supreme Court docket

The cricketer-turned-politician stated that when PTI was in energy an “synthetic political disaster was created”.

“Should you take a look at the Financial Survey for the fiscal 12 months 2021-22 you’d see that after 17 years, Pakistan witnessed document development within the final two years of the PTI authorities,” he highlighted, including that every one indicators had been exhibiting an uptrend, significantly large-scale manufacturing which gives employment alternatives and will increase tax assortment, and many others.

He went on to say that throughout the five-year authorities of PML-N, Pakistan didn’t see an increase in exports.

“They left large fiscal deficits throughout each their phrases. They got here to energy solely to get instances in opposition to them quashed. They acquired payments handed from the meeting,” he stated referring to the NAB modification payments.

“However god keen, I’ll problem all this within the Supreme Court docket tomorrow (Tuesday),” the PTI chief vowed.

‘Financial system, political stability  are linked collectively’

Shedding mild on the present financial scenario within the nation, he stated that it was an consequence of the political disaster.

“Our reserves have shrunk by half since PML-N got here to energy. Regardless of the settlement with Worldwide Financial Fund (IMF) in sight, our rupee is declining,” he stated, taunting that now they [coalition government] blame worldwide disaster for robust selections.

He highlighted that amid the crises, the one method out was free and truthful elections.

Within the coming days, Khan stated that if the related quarters don’t perceive that political instability had a drastic influence on the economic system, then he feared that issues will exit of hand.

“Financial system is linked to political stability […] and the one method ahead is clear elections,” the PTI chairman stated.

‘Consciousness amongst nation’

The PTI chairman stated that in his political profession, which spans greater than twenty years, he has by no means seen such “consciousness” among the many Pakistani nation because it was witnessed throughout the by-elections.

Khan stated that he’ll always remember Could 25 — the day his get together marched to Islamabad — as the federal government “tortured” PTI employees and supporters.

“They didn’t really feel ashamed whereas tear gassing our supporters regardless of the presence of households there […] they haven’t any empathy for folks,” he stated.

The PTI chairman stated that regardless of all efforts of the federal government, the general public took to the streets and, resultantly, Pakistan was “lastly heading in direction of turning into a nation”.

“If somebody thinks that the nation’s selections could be made behind closed doorways, then they’re mistaken.”

Khan stated that if anybody plans of stealing folks’s mandate, their plans will fail, including that the one method ahead for the nation was early elections.

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