PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Thursday claimed that the government used all tactics to defeat his party in Punjab by-elections.

Addressing his party workers in a televised speech, he expressed his anger with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) even after winning the by-elections.

He said that those who conducted the Punjab by-election should be punished.

Accusing Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja of being biased, Imran said that he has never seen a “dishonest” election commissioner like him before.

The PTI chairman, highlighting the alleged wrongdoings of the CEC, said: “We [PTI] continued lodging complaints about rigging but the ECP did not pay heed.”

“We do not want to contest the general elections under the leadership of the incumbent chief election commissioner,” he said, adding that if the biggest political party of Pakistan [PTI] doesn’t trust the CEC, then “he should resign.”

Imran highlighted that the ECP postponed the local body elections in Sindh due to a rain forecast, however, similar requests for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were turned down. “This CEC has taken all steps that go against the PTI.”

He accused the CEC of being biased during the Daska by-elections last year, saying that he had ordered re-polling on the seat to ensure the PTI’s defeat.

“This election watchdog chief also turned a blind eye to Supreme Court’s orders on our plea in the Senate election case,” he noted.

Imran accused the three stooges — Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman — of being involved in horse-trading by using their money.

“Everybody knows that the PTI has full numbers for the CM election tomorrow, therefore, they are trying to use their money,” he said.

He said that the PTI, during its tenure, stressed the need of the electronic voting machine (EVM); however, all those who are now in the government opposed the suggestion because “they knew that with the help of EVMs, nearly 130 methods of rigging could be eliminated.”

CM’S ELECTION: “If people’s mandate is stolen in the Punjab Assembly tomorrow during the chief minister election, then I am warning that the country would head towards a condition like Sri Lanka and after that, whatever happens, it would not be my responsibility,” he said. 

Imran warned that if things are not done in a democratic manner, then people’s reaction would not be in his control as the nation is now aware and enlightened and “they will not sit silently.”

The PTI chairman said that if the mandate of the people is respected in tomorrow’s elections, “we will thank Allah and celebrate.”

When PTI’s government will come into power after the chief minister’s election tomorrow, all those who broke the laws and Constitution and wronged PTI workers, supporters, and leaders will be punished, he added.

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