LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan congratulated party workers and activists on Wednesday for displaying conviction and passion in the NA-122 by-polls, and said PTI had created a cell to investigate the issue of ‘transferred and missing votes’ from the constituency, whose findings will be presented to a “free and fair election commission.”
“For now we will remain tight lipped, but as soon as our probe is complete, we will take action accordingly.”
Addressing party workers and activists in Garhi Shahu, Imran slammed the ruling PML-N for what he called were “pre-poll intimidatory tactics and rigging.”
He said nowhere in the world was an incumbent prime minister allowed to take part in an election campaign. “Sitting ministers – for railways and BISP – were also involved in campaigns in the constituency,” he said.
“I am the chairman of a party and I have the right to share my manifesto,” said the PTI chief, in an implicit remark after a court order had earlier banned him from campaigning in the by-poll.
Imran Khan also challenged PML-N’s claim that no rigging had taken place in the 2013 election, labeling Ayaz Sadiq’s victory as vindication.
“By that logic, Shaoib Siddiqui’s victory in the PP-147 by-poll means there was rigging in the 2013 election,” said the PTI chief.
Imran Khan also congratulated Aleem Khan, his party’s candidate from NA-122, for giving PML-N a run for its money.
“Just imagine, the party chairman (Imran Khan) lost in 2013 with a margin of 8,500 votes but Aleem Khan loses barely by 2,500 votes. Does this mean Aleem Khan has more votes than Imran Khan?”
“It means the 2013 polls were massively rigged,” claimed the PTI chairman.
The PTI chief was flanked by Aleem Khan, Jahangir Tareen and other senior party members during the address.