Former CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry to form his own party


ISLAMABAD: A day after the Judicial Commission rejected all three rigging allegations for the 2013 general election hurled by Imran Khan’s PTI party, former chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry said on Friday the JC’s report has vindicated the country’s judiciary.


Speaking to media representatives, he said allegations on him hurled by Imran Khan have been proven false after issuance of the official report of the inquiry commission.

The former chief justice dispelled the notion of joining any political party and expressed resolve of forming a party of his own.

On Thursday, the three-judge commission, headed by Chief Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, delivered its 237-page report, saying the elections were “in large part organised and conducted fairly and in accordance with the law” and allegations of a plot to rig the result were not supported by evidence.

The report pointed to shortcomings by the Electoral Commission of Pakistan but said the evidence did not support claims the result was not a “true and fair reflection of the mandate given by the electorate”.

After the release, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said in a nationwide televised address that his party was going to “forget whatever happened after the 2013 elections” and also hoped that his rivals would also avoid negative politics in future.

PTI chief Imran Khan said he accepted the commission’s decision but would give a detailed reaction ‘later’ after reading their report in full.