LAHORE - Suggesting that militants who do not believe in talks must be eliminated through military operation, PTI chief Imran Khan claimed Monday that a pro-American lobby was trying to sabotage peace negotiations with Taliban.
Addressing a press conference here at party office, the PTI chief, flanked by PTI Punjab office-bearers, alleged that by-polls in Punjab were rigged like general elections.
Khan said, “I challenge that government has rigged the recent by-polls as well.” He lamented that courts remained unmoved over rigging in general elections and the same, he added, was repeated in by-polls. Khan questioned that if apex court could take suo motu notice of minor issues, why it had not taken notice of stealing public mandate during polls.
He said he would raise PTI concerns over rigging in upcoming meeting with acting chief election commissioner on Thursday. He added that election commission had not complied with CJP Tasadduq Jilani’s orders to submit its answer about rigging in general elections despite laps of one month.
Khan said a special counter-terrorism force would be established in KPK as the existing forces were insufficient to overcome terrorism. He emphasised that the Taliban must open their office in settled area as Afghan Taliban did in Qatar and added that negotiations could not take place on hills of Fata.
“KPK government will not take any step without consideration of central government on the proposal of opening Taliban office,” he underscored. He said Taliban had over 50 factions, and those who did not believe in peace talks must be eliminated through military operation. He said Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar had asked for nominating some elected members amid next phase of negotiations with Taliban.
The PTI chief complained that former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry did not take notice of polls rigging despite ‘concrete’ evidence provided by PTI. Khan criticised Nadra and ECP for not cooperating with KPK government to implement biometric technology in LG polls.
Assailing the Sindh government over recent Thar situation, Khan said the provincial government celebrated ‘Sindh Festival’ but could not formulate policy for the poor’s betterment. He said PTI had started helping Thar affectees.
“I have not visited Thar as it is not about having photo session rather taking concrete measures for their help,” he said.
To a question, he said former rulers had fought US war who had managed pardon for them in form of NRO. Without naming anyone, he said mother of a political figure had accused his son of taking bribe of $ 35 million.
To another question, Khan said he was unlikely to meet PM Nawaz Sharif. He said PTI had no problem with appointment of Rana Bhagwandas as chief election commissioner, however, he pointed out that the four provincial election commissioners were not neutral and their selection had to be impartial.