ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that he wanted to assure the people that he would fulfill the promise of making Gilgit-Baltistan a province.
“I am thankful to the people of GB for reposing trust in me,” said PM Imran while addressing media in Islamabad.
On this occasion, he also announced to introduce electronic voting in Pakistan as well as to bring a system of voting for overseas Pakistanis. He said he wanted such an environment where a losing party accepted poll results.
On the matter of horse-trading in the Senate elections, the prime minister said PTI expelled its more than one and a half dozens members for involvement in such a matter.
“Everyone says that money is used in Senate polls. They allege that seats are bought in the senate. Constitutional amendment is required for reforms in the Senate election and it could not be possible without support of the opposition parties as the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf did not have a simple majority in the Senate,” he said.
PM Imran said his party launched campaign for free and fair elections in Pakistan after all the parties said that elections were rigged in 2013. Following that, a judicial commission suggested what steps should be taken to ensure fair election next time.
“We took the matter of four constituencies to the Supreme Court and when the polls on the seats were investigated it turned out that they were rigged,” he said.
While on the last general elections, he said PTI filed 23 petitions in 2018 elections with the ECP demanding for recounting of votes, while the PPP and PML-N’s combined petitions were 24. He said PTI lost 14 NA seats with less than 3,000 votes’ margin.
“We should have made hue and cry over it as the caretaker government, public officials, and ECP staff and officers were hired by the previous governments,” he said.
Imran Khan said his government was ready to open ballots in 2018 elections but the opposition parties showed no seriousness.