ECP summons PTI chief
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan has accepted an invitation to visit Iran extended by President Hassan Rouahni during a telephonic conversation on Wednesday.
The Iranian president congratulated the prime minister-in-waiting on winning the general elections and invited him to visit Iran which he accepted, said a statement issued by the PTI. Both leaders exchanged best wishes and love for the people of both neighbouring countries, it added.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission of Pakistan on Wednesday summoned Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman and prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan to appear before it in the matter of breaching the secrecy of ballot. On July 25 the PTI chief had stamped his ballot paper in public, breaking the ECP’s rules regarding keeping one’s vote secret.
The commission had taken notice of the matter on election day after videos of Imran stamping his ballot paper in public had gone viral. The commission has ordered that Imran appear before it in person or submit his reply on the matter through his lawyer.
Meanwhile, iIn a major breakthrough for PTI, Balochistan National Party-Mengal has agreed to support Imran Khan in the upcoming election of Prime Minister.
The Balochistan party pledged its support for Khan in the Centre after inking a six-point deal with PTI leaders who flew to Quetta to meet Sardar Akhtar Mengal and requested his party’s support for Khan’s prime ministership.
“We have signed a landmark agreement with the BNP-M,” PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi confirmed.
The issue of missing persons would be addressed on a priority basis, he said, adding that national action plan would be implemented. The document was signed by Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind, Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Jahangir Tarin from the PTI and Sardar Akhtar Mengal, Jahangzeb Jamal Dini and Agha Hasan Baloch on behalf of the BNP-M.
Speaking on this occasion, Sardar Akhtar Mengal said that he had held telephonic conversation with Imran Khan in details. “We hope that joint efforts would be made to address the challenges being faced by Balochistan,” he said.