ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf PTI Chairman Imran Khan Monday accused Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja taking money from Sindh government and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) while he demanded resignation from the CEC.
Speaking to the public in a televised speech, Khan said that Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja actions were backed by “malintent”.
“But apart from that, he wholeheartedly participated in the polling process to ensure that PML-N wins,” the PTI chairman said.
Khan said that the PTI had “lawful” eight cases, which the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), headed by Raja, rejected to hear. He said that the party then went to the courts to seek justice, where it was served the same.
“We do not trust this election commissioner,” he said, demanding a resignation from the CEC.
Khan said that despite several cases of rigging during polls being brought before the CEC, he never found anyone guilty — and, as a result, malpractice continued as no one had feared accountability.
Referring to the PPP’s landslide victory in the first phase of the local body elections, Khan said that due to CEC’s favouritism, the party’s victory was possible.
“He (Raja) is taking money from two sources — the Sindh government and the election commission. His case is pending in the Supreme Court,” Khan said.
“Even the election commission tried all tactics to ensure we lose. But we won despite that as people came out to cast their votes like never before.”
The PTI chairman said that transparent elections are not possible under the current election commissioner.
At the beginning of the speech, Khan — while celebrating his party’s victory — termed the situation a “happy moment”, and said he believes that when a nation developed awareness and starts understanding the vision of the country “then it is a moment to thank Allah.”
“I want to thank the youth and women of Punjab, especially those who came out to cast the vote,” Khan said while acknowledging the contributions of PTI supporters, workers, and leaders.
Commenting on his electioneering campaign, Khan said that throughout his race, he focused on the fundamental principle that the meaning of Pakistan was “La Ilaha Illallah (There is no god but Allah)” because this was a philosophy and once people start understanding this, they will also grasp the vision of Pakistan and become a “great nation.”
“A group of people become a nation when they have a vision,” he reiterated, saying that he was happy because people started questioning [the rulers] and were determined that they would not accept slavery after an “imported government” was imposed on all of us through a “foreign conspiracy”.
He highlighted that amid the crises, the only way out was free and fair elections.
“Economy is linked to political stability […] and the only way forward is transparent elections,” the PTI chairman sa
“If someone thinks that the nation’s decisions can be made behind closed doors, then they’re wrong.”
Khan said that if anyone plans of stealing people’s mandate, their plans will fail, adding that the only way forward for the country was early elections.