ECP, Hamza attempted to defeat us in by-polls
PTI Chairman Imran Khan Wednesday accused the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) of its attempt to defeat the PTI in the Punjab by-polls in collaboration with PML-N leader Hamza Shahbaz.
In a televised address, Khan said that they [coalition government] were “disrespectful of the public” considering them “sheep and goats” and tried to impose “corrupt people” on them.
The ex-prime minister reiterated that when the PTI announced its “Azadi March” on 25 May, “they [the coalition government] made every effort to create barriers for families that came out in support of the Haqeeqi Azadi.”
“Today, I would like to thank the Almighty that despite all the obstacles, people came to show their support instead of staying home out of fear,” he said, adding that he was happy that the people of Pakistan proved themselves a great nation.
Throughout my life, I have witnessed this kind of enthusiasm only once, during the War of 1965. And now I saw the same enthusiasm amongst the masses in the Punjab by-elections,’ he said.
‘US dollar gained strength of Rs53 in three months
The PTI President said that all of Pakistan’s economic indicators showed that the economy had experienced significant growth during the PTI government. According to the 2021-2022 Economic Study, such growth was observed after 17 years.
Underlining the relief measures announced by his government- including the health card initiative- Mr. Khan said the party’s endeavors were leading the country towards a welfare state.
Criticizing the incumbent government, he claimed that during the three and a half years of the PTI government, the US dollar was strengthened by Rs50, but it gained approximately Rs53 in the first three months of the current government.
Khan for formation of a new election commission
Sharing his solution to the country’s problems, he said there was only one way to emerge from the crisis. “A new election commission should be formed to carry out free and fair elections,” he said, adding that electronic voting machines (EVMS) could have stopped the rigging since the results are announced as soon as the vote is over and they can stop 130 rigging methods.
Khan acknowledged that the current situation was challenging and added that “the longer this coalition government remains in power, the harder it will be for the people [to survive].”
Concerning the verdict handed down yesterday by the Supreme Court, he said that all the “thieves” criticized the Supreme Court while they consider themselves above the law.
“They think the law is only for ordinary people,” he said, adding that during the by-elections, rangers, and police shelled our people, “even though their conscience told them it was wrong, they were worried about losing their job and followed the line.”