Election rigging probe: Federal govt dismisses Imran’s demand


Election rigging probe: Federal govt dismisses Imran’s demand

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The federal government has dismissed a demand made by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan for inclusion of security agencies officials in the judicial commission to probe the alleged rigging in the 2013 elections.

In a press conference in Islamabad on Monday, the federal finance minister Ishaq Dar said that officials of security agencies cannot be included in the judicial commission to investigate rigging in general elections held in May last year.

The finance minister said that as per the Constitution, a judicial commission only comprises judges and the government will not do anything in violation of the Constitution.

Ishaq Dar said that nominating members of a judicial commission is the prerogative of the chief justice, adding that even the government cannot propose the names.

The minister for information Pervaiz Rasheed and the minister for science and technology Zahid Hamid were also present on the occasion.

On Sunday evening, addressing a large public gathering in Rahim Yar Khan, Imran Khan demanded a judicial commission but also including officials of the inter-services intelligence and military intelligence to probe electoral rigging allegations within six weeks.

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