Imran Khan, founder of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has declared his intention to challenge the February 8 election results in the Supreme Court, a decision shared during a casual conversation with the media at Adiala Jail.
Khan’s announcement followed a day after PTI strongly critiqued the electoral process, demanding the resignation of Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja for alleged neglect of duties and facilitating election fraud.
The PTI’s grievances also target the broader Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), which is accused of conspiring against PTI candidates and citing extensive vote-rigging. Khan, dismissing potential coalitions with parties like the PML-N, PPP, or MQM-P, calls for collective opposition to the purported electoral injustices.
Regarding leadership positions, Khan has not endorsed a prime ministerial candidate but has proposed Ali Amin Gandapur for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s chief minister. He highlights the negative repercussions of the contested elections on national economic and political stability and advocates for electoral transparency.
Khan refutes any speculation about negotiations with high-ranking officials while incarcerated. PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi supports Khan’s stance, pointing out international concern over the election’s credibility. Despite PTI’s victories, Qureshi criticizes the dismissal of public choice, seeking the Chief Justice’s involvement to address their solitary confinement and the election’s legitimacy.
The call for CEC Raja’s resignation reflects ongoing mistrust in the election commission, particularly after PTI’s notable victory in Punjab’s 2022 by-elections. The PTI spokesperson demands the immediate resignation of CEC and ECP officials for failing their constitutional duties.