Pindi commissioner acknowledges massive rigging, quits job

Liaquat Ali Chatha says all 13 candidates declared winners had lost with over 70,000 votes.

RAWALPINDI: Commissioner Rawalpindi Division Liaquat Ali Chatha on Saturday resigned and offered his surrender to the police saying he was involved in huge rigging and was unable to even sleep over the injustice. Moments later, he was arrested and shifted to an unknown place.

Speaking at a press conference at Pindi Cricket Stadium, Chatha said he was under pressure and under his supervision polling staff defeated candidates who were leading with over 70,000 votes. He said he apologizes to the candidates whose victory was turned into defeat. He also apologized to his subordinate staff and pilling officers who were forced to change the results of the votes.

He said all the 13 candidates declared winners in the Rawalpindi Division had lost the elections with over 70,000 votes each but their results were manipulated and the winners were declared the losers.

The commissioner said we have not only done injustice with the candidates but also with the country. He said the chief election commissioner and the chief justice of Pakistan are also involved in the rigging. He announced to resign from the post and from the government service as well.

I want to surrender to the police, hang me at Kutchehry Chowk. This morning I also contemplated committing suicide.

It may be noted that the PML-N won most of the 13 seats of the National Assembly and 27 seats of the Punjab Assembly in the Rawalpindi Division.

The commissioner said he was under immense pressure and contemplated committing suicide, but then decided yo keep the facts in front of the nation. Later, Chatha was arrested from the cricket stadium and taken away to an undisclosed place.

The Election Commission of Pakistan rejected the allegations while one of the winners, Hanif Abbasi, claimed that the commissioner had no role in the elections.

Meanwhile, PML-N senior leader Rana Sanaullah said Chatha is his close friend but was suffering from mental distress.

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