PM Nawaz calls meeting after commission issues rigging report


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif on Thursday has called a key meeting to review and discuss the report issued by the inquiry commission in General elections 2013 rigging probe.


The meeting will be attended by ministers and political and legal teams of the government. The meeting is scheduled to start at 12:30pm.

The report will be uploaded onto the Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights’s website after PM’s approval. Reportedly, PM Nawaz will address the nation over the matter and government team is working on his speech.

On the other hand, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Jahangir Tareen said that the party would discuss the matter after commission’s report is brought to light.

Earlier today, the inquiry commission formed to investigate alleged rigging in 2013 elections handed in its report to the Law Ministry. The sealed report has been presented to the Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif who will decide on making the report public.

PTI’s spokesperson Naeem-ul-Haq stated that they will give their stance once the official report of inquiry commission comes. He stated that decisions were being made beforehand and if there is a report than it should be shown.

According to the details, PTI had staged a protest for 126 days in Islamabad during which accusations were made of stealing the mandate and rigging of elections on a large scale. PTI called for inquiry to be made to investigate these claims. A 3 member inquiry commission was formed after talks between PTI and the government.

The formation of inquiry commission presided by Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk included Justice Ameer Hani Muslim and Justice Ejaz Afzal. The inquiry commission tried to answer three major questions which were whether or not there was organized rigging in the election, whether the election of 2013 was transparent and neutral and did the results of election 2013 reflect the mandate of the public.

At least 39 meetings of inquiry commission were held out of which 2 were in camera and 1 was in the chamber.

Statements of 15 witnesses were recorded from Election Commission while statements of 16 witnesses were recorded from PTI. Additional Secretary Sher Afghan, former Chief Minister (CM) Punjab Najam Sethi, Election Commission and returning officers of Punjab and other provinces were also examined.

Inquiry Commission also demanded a record of Form 14 and 15 of whole country. Hearings of 86 in total were held.