February, 23, 2024
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PTI's Complaints Dismissed: Election Commission Denies Role

PTI’s Complaints Dismissed: Election Commission Denies Role

Infostani Sources- The Election Commission has declared, in response to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI’s) complaint that party chairman Zameer is a prisoner of conscience. That he is in jail due to various cases, including Saafarism, and the commission has no involvement in it. Addressing Tehreek-e-Insaf’s 24-point charter of demand. The Election Commission rejects the claim that the party’s political scope is shrinking and that it is facing continuous targeting. Asserting that it plays no role in these matters. Even when Tehreek-e-Insaf voiced concerns about forced interviews, statements, and alleged coercion of its missing leaders to leave the party. The Election Commission maintained its position of non-involvement.

Contrary to PTI’s assertion that Imran Khan is a ‘prisoner of conscience’ currently serving a jail term. The Election Commission clarified that the former prime minister is in jail due to alleged involvement in various cases, including the Safar case. It’s important to note that on November 6.  PTI Secretary General Umar Ayub Khan submitted a letter and a charter of demand to the ECP. The Election Commission responded on November 22, providing remarks on each demand.  The PTI’s letter claimed manipulation and persecution. Stating that party leaders who were forcibly disappeared had been coerced into giving interviews, statements, and leaving the PTI. The Election Commission asserted no involvement in these claims.

PTI's Complaints Dismissed: Election Commission Denies Role

PTI’s Grievances and Election Commission’s Response: Unequal Opportunities and Rally Protocol Concerns

The election commission asserted its role in conducting elections. Stating that it is not responsible for preventing a political leader from joining or leaving a party. In response to PTI’s complaint about unequal opportunities for campaigning, the election body issued a press release on Saturday. PTI demanded practical steps from the Election Commission to ensure equal opportunities, considering the Chief Election Commissioner’s instructions to the caretaker governments as insufficient.

Tehreek-e-Insaf pointed out that ANP held a rally in Hangu with 183 security personnel, while PTI was denied one due to insufficient security. The Election Commission, without specifically mentioning Nawaz Sharif’s name, stated its commitment to ensuring all political parties can hold public events. The Commission expressed concern over the unusual protocol and rally granted to a convicted and absconding prisoner, stating that it undermines the principle of one country, two systems, and assured that they will investigate the matter.

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