Arif Alvi apologises over 35 punctures statement


KARACHI: Former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) General Secretary Dr Arif Alvi’s call that it is time to apologise for “35 punctures” following the party chief’s statement.


As PTI chairman Imran Khan stated in a news channel talk show that the 35 punctures statement was a political one, Dr Alvi tweeted: “It is time to apologise for 35 punctures. Many rumours regarding source of information and content were afloat and I believed in some of them.”

Soon afterwards, PTI central organiser Jahangir Tareen said that Dr Alvi had given his statement in a personal capacity and the party’s official position was that not only 35 but 71 punctures were made in the 2013 general elections.

Mr Tareen also tweeted that whatever was punctured, reality was that the PTI had given strong evidence in Judicial Commission that the 2013 general elections were rigged in a systematic plan by the PML-N to steal people’s mandate. He also commented that the PML-N leaders were so scared of the forged Form 15 scandal that they had now started harping around 35 punctures.

PTI central information secretary Naeemul Haque said the 35 puncture story, of course, was political but correct. Let Najam Sethi, Murtaza Poya, Dr Ijaz and the US ambassador come on TV on this issue, Naeem said.