Shehbaz Sharif demands probe in alleged election rigging

Islamabad: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday demanded the formation of a parliamentary commission to probe the alleged rigging of the recently-concluded general elections.

Sharif further raised some serious concerns while addressing media about the technical issues that led to the delay of the results, pointing at the malpractices in the elections, reported Geo News.

Sharif said that the parliamentary committee should have the members from all the political parties and should find out why the RTS shut down at the 11th hour and the reason behind non-allowance of polling agents in the polling booths during the vote counts.

He said, “Why did the result transmission system [RTS] stop working at the last minute? Why were the polling agents thrown out of the polling stations?”
Shehbaz Sharif also announced that the opposition will be demanding an investigation in the alleged election rigging rather than exchanging congratulations.

The former Punjab Chief Minister also shed the light on his meeting with former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar, who are currently serving time after getting convicted in the Avenfield case.

He said that Nawaz returned to Pakistan for the nation and further dismissed the rumours about a supposed National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) being discussed for former premier.

Geo TV quoted Shehbaz as saying, “Discussions do not mean NRO [National Reconciliation Ordinance]. Who said it’s about NRO?” Neither does anyone want to give NRO, nor does anyone want to take it.”