ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan said on Thursday that his criticism on Election Commission of Pakistan was meant to make the institution stronger, and at anytime he never intended to defame or degrade it.
Speaking to the media after his proceedings, the PTI chief said that the purpose of his criticism was to make ECP credible, and it was not a personal attack on any institution’s representative.
“We want to see a strong ECP,” he said. “We gave a 126-day dharna for free and transparent elections. Criticism is part of democracy, and statements were a reaction to my arrest warrants.”
The PTI chief said that the process of formation of ECP should be open and transparent, and the consultation should not be limited only to government and opposition.
He said that it in the interest of the country that the prestige of ECP is recognised in the country.
Earlier, the ECP concluded on the contempt cases against Imran Khan after he submitted an apology before the bench. The PTI chairman was accused of issuing contemptuous remarks against the ECP at two separate occasions: in January this year and later in September.
Imran’s counsel Babar Awan presented arguments before the five-member ECP bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan.
Awan requested the bench to conclude the contempt of court cases against Imran Khan as, in respect for institutions, he has presented himself before the ECP.
The ECP directed the PTI chairman to submit a written apology over the controversial remarks he made against the ECP in January.
Imran submitted the apology after consultation with his legal team.