Pakistan Times : PTI against participation in Elections: Imran Khan

Friday, November 30, 2007

PTI against participation in Elections: Imran Khan

'Pakistan Times' Political Desk | November 30, 2007

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan said his party was against taking part in the forthcoming general elections under the existing conditions. “This would have been the first election that PTI would have fought while being properly prepared, but we have decided to boycott it and urge other parties not to participate if the pre-Nov 3 position is not restored,” he told a news conference.

He said PTI would not go for elections even if all political parties decided to contest the polls. The PTI chief said the All Parties Democratic Movement (APDM) had taken a principled stance to boycott the upcoming general elections if held under emergency. Imran hoped former premier Nawaz Sharif, who returned home Sunday after seven years of exile, would also not contest the elections.

He urged politicians to demonstrate maturity and avoid indulging in debate before restoration of the pre-emergency judiciary. To a question about filing of nomination papers by opposition political leaders, Imran said they were doing because of misunderstanding.