Shahbaz terms assemblies ‘most controversial’

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Wants third party audit into election results

Staff Reporter

Islamabad

PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif has called the elected national and provincial assemblies ‘the most controversial parliament in the country’s history’. The former chief minister of Punjab, who contested the election against Imran Khan in the house, was speaking after the National Assembly elected the chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan on Friday.
“This assembly was made after massive rigging,” Shahbaz said while addressing the National Assembly on Friday. “What sort of an election was this in which from Chitral to Karachi, machines were shut down and polling agents were expelled.”
Amidst much uproar from the members of the house and the PTI workers in the gallery, the PML-N president blamed that the Pakistan Election Commission totally failed to hold the elections in a transparent manner and to fulfill its due responsibilities.
Shahbaz demanded the National Assembly speaker to form a parliamentary commission over the election rigging allegations. “Parliamentary commission should present its report to the public and House within 30 days,” he said. “We want a third party audit into election results. We want transparency,” he added.
“We won’t attack parliament. We won’t disturb the visit of foreign dignitaries to Pakistan. We won’t curse the parliament. We won’t force the Supreme Court judges to change their route,” he said. “But we won’t settle before getting answers of our questions.” Shahbaz said that the people behind massive electoral rigging must be unveiled and if the party are not given required answers it will launch a protest movement.
The PML-N president said that Nawaz Sharif is being targetted for giving a go-ahead for the nuclear tests while rejecting $5 billion from the United States of America.He said that the Nawaz Sharif promised to resign if rigging is proved in the judicial commission. “Can you (Imran Khan) promise the same?”

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