New Pakistan not possible without fair polls say Imran

Source: Published in Politics on Monday, May 26, 2014

FAISALABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Sunday assailed the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government for being a part of alleged rigging in the May 11 poll and added that ‘new Pakistan’ was not possible without free and fair elections, Dawn News reported.

Speaking at a rally staged in Dhobi Ghaat area here to protest alleged rigging in the 2013 general election, he said the party was heading a movement to change the people’s fate and announced to hold the next ‘tsunami rally’ in Sialkot on June 7.

Despite‘free for all’ music concert, featuring popular Punjabi singers including Naseebo Lal and Hans Raj Hans organised by the local administration, an estimated crowd between 25,000 and 50,000 party supporters attended the rally.

Khan, during his speech at D-Chowk in Islamabad on May 11 – the first of the series of rallies his party planned to organise – had demanded formation of a new fully independent Election Commission and vote verification in four constituencies his party has pointed out before.

Imran Khan said ‘new Pakistan’ was not possible without free and fair elections in the country.

“Everything will be unmasked before the masses once vote verification is completed in the four constituencies we have pointed out to Election Commission,” he said.

The PTI chief said the PML-N government had promised the public that they will break the begging bowl before the May 11 poll, however, it has broken all records in getting loans instead.

The cricketer-turned-politician said rising inflation in the country was linked to corruption, for which he blamed the prevailing government.

He said the PML-N leaders think that anything can be bought with money that is why they distributed laptop computers among the youth.

“But they should know that ideology is priceless,” he added.

Khan reiterated that the ruling party along with former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and owner of Geo/Jang group, Mir Shakilur Rehman were equally responsible for the alleged rigging last year.

He vowed to bring the culprits behind the rigging to book.

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