ISLAMABAD: The judicial commission investigating alleged systematic manipulation in the 2013 general elections on Monday took up an application by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) asking it not to wind up its probe.
The PTI had submitted the application on Saturday asking the commission to look into further areas to ascertain the 2013 polls were rigged. The request came just as the inquiry commission is winding up the process of recording evidence from witnesses.
The inquiry commission should carry out investigation of Returning Officers (ROs), PTI counsel Hafeez Pirzada pleaded during proceedings of the three-judge commission today.
This is an inquiry commission it will remain an inquiry commission, said Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk, adding that there were no ‘stages’ of the commission.
You should submit your recommendations and we will see to them, the chief justice told the PTI counsel. He said that the commission has not shown any restraint in exercising its powers.
Pirzada said that several facts had now become clear due to the commission’s proceedings so far.
It has also become clear which constituencies received extra ballot papers, he said. PTI would cooperate with the commission on the matter of those constituencies which received extra ballot papers.