Senior leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) [PML(N)], Ata Tarar, has remarked that the Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan, is not acquitted yet and thus cannot participate in elections.
During a media interaction in Lahore alongside Malik Ahmad Khan, Ata Tarar expressed his opinion, stating that Imran Khan cannot contest elections until he is formally cleared. He underscored that the election commission is entirely impartial, having summoned and heard grievances from all political parties.
Highlighting concerns about the fairness of the electoral process, the PML(N) leader accused the PTI of not facilitating an intra-party election effectively. He contended that all complaints and grievances related to the elections are directed towards the Election Commission, emphasizing his party’s complete confidence in the commission’s integrity.
Ata Tarar insisted that the Constitution empowers the Election Commission to conduct elections, thus conferring the authority to choose the time for holding them. Referring to the convicted former Prime Minister currently incarcerated in Adiala Jail, he remarked that Nawaz Sharif would have to bear the consequences of his crimes.
The statement by Ata Tarar encapsulates the ongoing political dynamics in Pakistan, where discussions about the impartiality of the election commission and the eligibility of key political figures remain at the forefront. The emphasis on constitutional provisions and the role of the Election Commission underscores the importance of adherence to democratic principles in the country’s political processes. As these debates unfold, they contribute to shaping the narrative around electoral fairness and political accountability in Pakistan.