LAHORE: Former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan has accused the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) of appointing media mogul Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi as caretaker chief minister to ‘rig’ the upcoming elections in Punjab.
“Mohsin Naqvi has been appointed by the identical individuals who redlined us. Now they’ll make all-out efforts to defeat our occasion within the elections by means of rigging,” he stated in a televised information convention on Monday.
The PTI chairman’s assertion comes a day after the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) appointed Naqvi because the caretaker after the ruling occasion and the opposition within the province failed to succeed in consensus on any title for the submit.
In his handle, Imran requested his supporters and occasion employees to stage protests exterior ECP workplaces in opposition to Naqvi’s appointment.
“I’m inviting all of you to take to the streets from tomorrow in your future. If we settle for his appointment then there can be no distinction between us and sheep,” he remarked.
He accused the ECP of inflicting irreparable injury to the nation, saying that he’s going to problem the appointment of the caretaker CM in courtroom.
“I’ve by no means seen such a dishonest election fee. They at all times give verdicts in opposition to us. The names that we gave for caretaker chief minister have been sincere individuals.”
Imran stated the function of caretaker set-up is like that of a ‘impartial umpire’, including: “The appointment of Mohsin Naqvi proved the fondness of the election fee.”
“Mohsin Naqvi will appoint law enforcement officials and different bureaucrats who will rig the elections,” he alleged.
‘Key participant in regime change operation’
The previous premier alleged that the newly-appointed interim chief minister was a key participant within the ‘regime change operation’ allegedly hatched in collusion with the US to topple his authorities in April final yr.
“The person who made all-out efforts to topple our authorities was Mohsin Naqvi. He would meet the previous military chief and Nawaz Sharif. Neither is he neutral nor morally match for the place,” he remarked.
Calling Naqvi a “bitter enemy” of his occasion, Imran stated his TV channel ran propaganda in opposition to the PTI, claiming that he held conferences together with his political rivals to persuade them to topple the PTI-led authorities.
“If free and truthful elections should not held, the scenario will spiral uncontrolled and the nation can face a Sri Lanka-like scenario,” he reiterated.
Imran stated that the incumbent rulers know that they can not defeat his occasion within the elections “that’s the reason they don’t need to maintain elections”.
Naqvi’s title was agreed upon in an ECP assembly chaired by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikander Sultan Raja and attended by 4 members of the fee, moreover ECP secretary and particular secretary and ECP director normal, legislation.
The Lahore-born and US-educated Naqvi is a journalist by occupation. He was made the CNN regional head upon his return to Pakistan. Naqvi based a neighborhood media community in 2009 and now owns six information channels and a newspaper, based on some media studies.
After the dissolution of the Punjab Meeting, former chief minister Parvez Elahi had proposed Ahmed Nawaz Sukhira and Naveed Akram Cheema for the submit of caretaker chief minister, whereas opposition chief Hamza Shehbaz had advised the names of Ahad Cheema and Mohsin Naqvi.