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Supreme Court commission will investigate vote fraud

Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan, Islamabad News : Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced that a three-judge commission of the Supreme Court would be set up to launch an independent inquiry into allegations of vote fraud.

In a televised address to the nation today, Prime Minister Sharif said: “I am requesting the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to name a three-member panel to investigate the rigging.”

“I have been hearing allegations of rigging from one particular party. The whole democratic system is being challenged on the basis of these baseless allegations,” he said, referring to Imran Khan’s Justice Party.

The prime minister reiterated his offer for talks, saying that his doors were open for negotiations.

Electoral reforms

“As for as election reforms are concerned, it is part of our party’s manifesto. I have written a letter to NA Speaker Ayyaz Sadiq to form a committee which could give proposals for reforms,” he said.

“This committee has already started its work. I am sure that this committee will complete its task in the minimum possible time.” The prime minister said that 2018 elections would be held under the new reforms.

Talks offer

“I have expressed my willingness to resolve every issue through talks. I will still welcome every such step.” “I neither have any ego. We believe in democracy. Within law and constitution, I respect everybody’s right to protest.”

Media role

He also appealed to media to review its coverage of the current political crisis. “Our media has played a historic role for the restoration of democracy and judiciary. I want to request media to review its role regarding current political crisis.”

Tough stance on Qadri

“Let me make it clear that Pakistan is a civilized state which has its law and constitution. God willing, we will not allow anybody to spread anarchy in the country. Nobody will be allowed to hold the state hostage,” he said, referring to Dr Tahir ul Qadri’s long march without calling out his name.”

He said that nation would not allow anyone to take out anarchic march to drag the nation towards darkness. “We will not let Pakistan become a jungle,” he vowed.

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