Rana Sana says Sunday’s by-elections were free and fair
Warns PTI of consequences in event of long march
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Asserting that yesterday’s (Sunday, October 16, 2022) by-elections in 11 constituencies of the country were free and fair, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Monday that nobody could raise any objection to the holding of these polls, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, he said he congratulated the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on the successful holding of these elections.
He regretted that the former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan always found faults with the ECP.
“But now it was high time you accepted the election results and stopped criticizing the election commission,” he said.
Sanaullah said that PTI must understand that if it had received around 500,000 votes in the by-polls, the parties, part of the coalition government, were not far behind as their candidates got around 400, 000 votes.
The interior minister did not forget to again threaten the PTI that in case it set out on a long march towards Islamabad, it would face the music.
“Jatha culture or the culture of bringing groups to the federal capital will not be tolerated,” he stated categorically.
“Let me remind you that the parties, presently part of the coalition government, did not resort to agitation to throw you out of the corridors of power,” he said while addressing the PTI, and added, “In fact we showed you the door through the vote of no-confidence, which is enshrined in the constitution and is purely a democratic way of ousting a government.”
Sanaullah said everybody knew Imran and his party men planned to create chaos in Islamabad. “And we have plans to counter his ‘mischief’,” he said categorically.
The minister told Imran that he would have to change his ‘undemocratic’ habit of calling his party’s election win genuine, and that of his opponents’ ‘engineered’.
He said that all state institutions were working within their limits.
He claimed that it was not only the PTI, which enjoyed the popular support, but the PML-N, PPP and other parties too had their roots in masses.