Imran asks Nawaz to step down and hold re-elections in country

Imran asks Nawaz to step down and hold re-elections in country

ISLAMABAD, (SANA): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has asked Prime Minsiter Nawaz Sharif to step down and should hold re-elections in country. He said the doors of dialogues with government have been closed. He said fake-mandate holders should resign and independent Election Commission should hold fresh elections. He said people of Pakistan will celebrate real democracy in Islamabad on 14th August. Imran said if he was house arrested then PTI will block whole country. Imran said it is message for Nawaz that the time of monarch is over and time of real democracy has come in country.

While addressing a press conference at local hotel along with other PTI leaders Imran Khan said PTI used every constitutional right for securing justice but it found every door of justice closed. He said that the PTI has decided to secure justice on roads on 14th August. He said Punjab police should not stop the way of PTI workers during the azadi march. He said there will be no u-turn in long march, adding that the decision would be made in Islamabad. He said the monarch is going to de-rail on 14th August in country. He said the army would protect us in Islamabad, adding that other parties are also ready to tender resignations from assemblies, adding that he will make revelation in this regard on proper time. He said one hundred thousand motorbikes would be in front of long march.

Imran Khan said that fresh elections as well as the resignation of election commission members are the party’s final demand.

Khan said that he will reveal the names of those allegedly involved in the alleged rigging in the general elections 2013. He vowed his movement will take back the ‘snatched freedom’, adding that protesting is their democratic right.

He said that PTI had originally demanded vote recount in four constituencies only after accepting the election result. He claimed that the democracy in the country is not real, adding that people are to decide if they want democracy or monarchy.

Criticizing the current system, Khan said that this is the state of this democracy that imposition of article 245 was warranted.

He said he will reveal the names of ‘players involved in match fixing’ in his next media conference on August 11.

PTI chief claimed that the judiciary and election commission was involved in rigging the whole process, adding that Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) received some 68 lakh votes in 2008. He reiterated if PML-N-led government has had milk running in the streets of Punjab that they received some 1.5 crore votes five years later.
He claimed that election results were stopped after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made the victory speech.

Khan said his party wants to fix the electoral process, vowing that his movement will take back the ‘snatched freedom’ on August 14. He said protesting is PTI’s democratic right.

Imran said that Pakistan had not seen true democracy ever since Independence in 1947, and vowed to reveal evidence of rigging in past elections in Pakistan on August 11.

“On August 11, I will reveal exactly how the elections were rigged and by whom,” he said.

Imran said the independence that Pakistan had acquired had been stolen from its citizens.

He said that his party had accepted the 2013 election results but had only asked for the results of four constituencies to be re-checked.

The PTI chief said that the 2013 polls had been the worst-rigged elections in the history of Pakistan.

Imran alleged that ballot boxes were stuffed with extra votes in 90 constituencies, “particularly Mianwali where 20,000 extra votes were added”.

He said PTI leaders have spent millions of rupees trying to investigate what happened in the elections.

He reiterated that the PTI tried every legal avenue, from the Election Commission to the Supreme Court, to seek justice, but “now you will see us on the streets of Islamabad.”

“Under article 6 of the constitution, we will also demand for the arrest and punishment of those returning officers and ECP officials who were involved in rigging,” he said.

He vowed that on August 14, his party would hold the largest protest in the history of the country.

Imran Khan reiterated his stance on election rigging stating that he would reveal proof pertaining to this.

Khan said rigging during the 2013 elections was the worst in history and the interim government was involved with the PML-N.

Khan added that all preparations had been made for the ‘Azadi March’ in Islamabad on August 14. Without providing any confirmation, Khan said it was possible that Dr Tahirul Qadri may also be part of the march.

He said Mehmood Achakzai, chairman Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, must decide whether he was with the monarchy or the democratic powers. Khan said the time for dialogue has now ended.

He said it was possible that independence march (by PTI) and revolutionary march (by Dr. Tahirul Qadri-led PAT) might be unified at one point. “Mian sahib, the time for monarchy has ended,” said Khan

The PTI chairman vowed to get “Pakistan liberated on August 14” through independence march.

Talking to media here, the PTI chief said, “We have been striving for 14 months to get justice, but to no avail.”

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May 2021