PTI Calls for Resignations: Election Commission and Chief Justice Under Fire | The World Echo

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), led by former Prime Minister Imran Khan, has demanded the immediate resignation of both the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja and Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa. This demand comes following controversial "revelations" made by Liaquat Ali Chattha, the former Commissioner of Rawalpindi, regarding alleged irregularities in the 2023 general elections.

Chattha, who resigned from his position last week, claimed that he was pressured to influence election results in 13 National Assembly constituencies within Rawalpindi Division, ultimately leading to the defeat of PTI-backed independent candidates. He accused both the CEC and the Chief Justice of being part of this "rigging plan," a claim vehemently denied by both officials.

Despite the denials, PTI spokesperson has seized upon Chattha's statements as vindication of their long-held accusations of electoral manipulation. They argue that the commissioner's "confession" exposes the true culprits behind the "stolen mandate" and demands immediate resignations, stating that both the CEC and Chief Justice lack the "legal and moral justification" to remain in their positions.

The situation has ignited political tensions in Pakistan, with PTI supporters rallying behind the call for resignations and demanding transparent investigations. However, questions remain regarding the credibility of Chattha's claims. His motivations for coming forward and the lack of concrete evidence raise concerns about the potential politicization of these accusations.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has announced the formation of a committee to investigate Chattha's allegations. The committee, composed of senior ECP officials, is tasked with reviewing the available evidence and submitting a report within a month.

The Chief Justice's office has maintained its stance, denying any involvement in electoral manipulation and emphasizing the judiciary's commitment to upholding the law and constitution. It remains to be seen how the ongoing investigations and legal proceedings will unfold, and whether they will provide conclusive answers to the accusations leveled against the CEC and Chief Justice.

This political drama comes at a crucial time for Pakistan, with economic challenges and social unrest already demanding attention. The outcome of these investigations and the public's response to them could have significant ramifications for the country's political stability and democratic future.

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