ISLAMABAD: Imran Khan, Chairman PTI, on Monday called for an early general elections after his party registered a landslide victory in the make or break by-elections in Punjab.
By elections in 20 seats of Punjab Assembly were seen as a popularity test for the former international cricket star dismissed by a no-confidence vote in April. PTI won 15, with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif taking four, and one going to an independent.
Addressing the nation today, former prime minister asked Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja to step down from his position. He said that free and fair general elections under credible ECP is the only way forward.
In his address, PTI chairman said he will challenge the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) amendment bill in the Supreme Court (SC) on July 19 (tomorrow). “These corrupt elite political leadership only came into power to get their money embezzlement and corruption cases cleared.”
The ex-premier expressed his disgust with the chief election commissioner.
“He did everything in his power to help Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N),” Imran said, emphasizing that the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) current set up cannot be trusted.
He cited how ECP rejected appeals of PTI deliberately which were overturned by the SC.
“The ECP chief cannot be trusted,” the PTI chief said. “We know who and which political parties he serves.”
Imran reiterated his demand of CEC Raja’s resignation at the earliest because of his biased and corrupt nature.
The ex-PM also went on to highlight how Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah used tear gas on women and children during the long march.
“We haven’t forgotten the police officials that were involved in these incidents at the behest of PML-N,” he said, ensuring that everyone will be dealt according to the law.