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PTI To Block Election Bill 2017: Imran Khan

Islamabad (October 02, 2017): Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Monday said that his party will block the Elections Bill 2017 from passing, hours before it was due to be presented to the lower house of parliament.

According to the details, PTI chief Imran Khan said that the political party would attempt to block the electoral reforms bill in the National Assembly. He had earlier branded failure to block the bill in the Senate an embarrassment for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and reiterated the statement today in the press conference.

Speaking to the media, the PTI chief said he was contacting other opposition parties to invite them to challenge the bill, which had been passed with a majority vote by Senate last month after a key amendment proposed by the PPP to retain a clause resurrected by retired Gen Pervez Mushar­raf through the Political Parties Order 2002 was rejected.

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Under the bill, the legal bar on a person to serve as an office-bearer of a political party if he is either not qualified to be, or disqualified from being, elected as a member of parliament under Article 63 of the Constitution was removed, paving the way for an otherwise ineligible Nawaz Sharif to head his own faction of the Pakistan Muslim League.

“This bill will provide an opportunity to a criminal to become the head of a party,” Khan said, referring to the former prime minister. “You are creating a law for a criminal,” Khan said, adding that the moral conscience of the country was being jeopardised.

“Does this happen in democracies? Democracy means transparency,” Khan said, threatening to approach the courts if the ruling party attempted to bulldoze the bill through the National Assembly. Khan also said that he had “already planned rallies” in case of such an eventuality.

Criticising the ruling PML-N on several fronts, the PTI chief also reiterated his call for fresh elections.

He said that Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal had staged a “drama” in the capital today as Nawaz appeared before an accountability court for a hearing regarding several graft cases opened against him.

“Rangers have suddenly appeared and taken over this place,” Iqbal had said as he lashed out at the paramilitary force for barring PML-N leaders, lawyers and supporters of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif from entering an accountability court in Islamabad.

Khan said Iqbal’s statement would create conflict among the country’s institutions.The PTI chief also spoke in reference to the on-going case against him in the Supreme Court, which seeks his disqualification over the non-disclosure of assets, ownership of offshore companies and receiving foreign funding for his party.

Khan claimed that he had submitted complete details of his finances and documents pertaining to the money trail for his Draycott Flat in London.

“I am being compared to the country’s biggest criminal,” Khan said, again referring to the former prime minister.The PTI chief said that while the Sharif family had not submitted any evidence or money trail before the apex court during the Panama Papers case, he had done so in the disqualification case against him — a statement found wanting by the Supreme Court, which has directed him to establish, beyond a doubt, how a considerable sum of money was transferred to Khan’s ex-wife, Jemima Khan.

He hailed vice chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Shah Mehmood Qureshi the best parliamentarian and branded him the best potential opposition leader for the House.

Khan claimed that a fresh election could save the country from anymore trouble. He said that PTI would approach other political parties to check the reforms bill in the National Assembly.He said that democracy would suffer if Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz opens its doors to criminals.

PTI chief asserted that the lawmakers were criticising the armed forces for no reason. He rhetorically asked if Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had the only responsibility of protecting a criminal, Nawaz Sharif.

Nowhere in the world a disqualified leader in the re-elected as the party president, Khan complained.

Earlier in the day, PTI leaders had criticised the interior minister.

PTI Spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry had expressed satisfaction with the way things are proceeding in the accountability court hearing corruption cases against the Sharif family.

Speaking to Geo News on Monday after Nawaz’s hearing, he said he wonders whether the interior minister is a police officer that he went to the court today.

Similarly, PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the interior minister should not threaten to resign and instead just resign.

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