Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) said on Wednesday that it had decided to file an appeal against Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja to the Supreme Judicial Council.
The announcement was made by former Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, who said “Pakistan’s biggest political party has lost faith in it”. [CEC]”.
Chaudhry, who was speaking to the media outside the Election Commission of Pakistan alongside PTI leader Faisal Vawda, said that “the main reason for the political crisis facing Pakistan today is that the Election Commission is not is not functional as an institution”.
Without naming any institution, he added that it was the institutions’ job to “maintain a balance in the country…and they don’t because appointments within them are not based on merit.”
Returning to the CEC, Chaudhry said PTI leader Imran Khan had suggested that the “CEC could take a stand within the PML-N”, implying that Raja was biased against the PTI and favored the ruling party.
“When the greatest leadership in the country, the greatest party loses faith in you, respectable conduct is to resign, acknowledging that … you cannot continue to work if the leadership does not trust you and suggesting that a new person is appointed in your place. But unfortunately, what happened was contrary to that,” he said. of the people of Pakistan – is a party against the biggest political leadership in the country.”
In such a scenario, Chaudhry continued, the way forward for the PTI was to continue its political struggle alongside launching a “legal struggle”.
Therefore, he said, the party planned to file an appeal against the CEC with the Superior Council of the Judiciary. “Because no CEC would run his office like [this] CEC ran his office.”
Moreover, Faisal Vawda, “who himself was a victim of the cruelty of the ECP”, had decided to file a complaint against the member of the Sindh electoral monitoring body, Nisar Ahmed Durrani.
Suffrage for Overseas Pakistanis
Fawad also chastised the incumbent government for “daring to snatch the right to vote from overseas Pakistanis”.
He said a “conspiracy has been hatched to deprive nine million overseas Pakistanis of this right, and we strongly reject it”.
The PTI leader added that it is in fact remittances from overseas Pakistanis that have kept the country’s economy afloat.
“Pakistan’s economy could end up like Sri Lanka’s”
Expressing his dismay at the dismal state of the economy, Fawad pointed out that the value of the dollar had reached 190 rupees and the stock market had been on a downward trend.
“The economy of Pakistan has been destroyed, and there are also fears that it will end up like the economy of Sri Lanka. PTI, referring to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his team.
He specifically criticized Finance Minister Miftah Ismail for his economic policies and Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah “for trying to lead the government through threats”.
“And FIA (Federal Investigation Agency) personnel are sent to the homes of journalists, political opponents and presenters at 2 a.m.,” he added.
He further chastised the government for removing the names of its ministers from the exit checklist and “changing the prosecution teams” in which they were charged.
Fawad further criticized Prime Minister Shehbaz during his trip to Saudi Arabia, during which he claimed the prime minister was accompanied by 84 members of his family.
“All the PM House expenses that Imran Khan managed to save, they spent in one trip,” he alleged, adding that there was public anger against the government. in place.
Dating in London
Referring to the visit of a PML-N delegation to the British capital to meet party leader Nawaz Sharif, Fawad said the development proved that “Pakistan’s political system has been held hostage in London”.