PTI Chairman Imran Khan letter to UNSG Ban Ki-moon
H E Mr Ban Ki-moon
First Ave at 46th Street
New York, N.Y. 10017
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 25 July 2014
THE GAZA MASSACRE
I write to you as the Chairman of the second largest political party in Pakistan and on behalf of the Pakistani nation that has always been the lead nation in UN peacekeeping across the globe. We have been watching in shock and horror as the state of Israel has unleashed the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza during the Muslim Holy month of Ramazan and the UN has stood by as a silent spectator. The death toll of the Palestinians in Gaza has risen above 800 and the Israeli aggression continues. The residents of Gaza cannot seek escape as Egypt has kept its border with Gaza sealed. The Egyptian authorities have also prevented medical supplies from going in to Gaza and the UN has issued not a word of protest.
Yet the UN’s primary responsibility is to maintain global peace and to prevent aggression. From the UN Charter’s preamble to Article 2:4 to Chapter V11, the UN has a duty to ensure that people are not persecuted and states do not aggress against other states and territories. The Office of Secretary General has a critical role to play in the maintenance of international peace and prevention of state aggression and war. Chapter XV Article 99 defines the special responsibility the SG has in this regard and Article 100.1 also calls on the SG not to be influenced by any state in the carrying out of his functions.
The SG has to ensure the credibility of the UN in times of crises and war. At present the UN is undergoing a major challenge in terms of sustaining its institutional credibility. The massacre of innocent women, children, and elderly by the state of Israel cannot simply be ignored by the UN and by yourself as its SG. Nor can the Israeli aggression under false claims of “self defence” be ignored – especially by the UN and its SG. The UN Charter clearly circumscribes the notion of self-defence in Chapter VII and the ICJ Advisory Opinion on the Israeli Wall further countered the Israeli claims of self defence. How can the bombing of a hospital, a cemetery and a UN school be regarded as acts of self-defence?
As the world watches Israel losing all sense of humanity and breaking all international norms of behaviour, it is the UN to which it looks for intervention. After the UN World Summit of 2005 the international community asserted the principle of the Right to Protect as part of humanitarian intervention. The primary responsibility for enforcing this rests with the UN and its SG. I call on you to immediately exercise this responsibility to prevent a genocide of the Palestinians in Gaza.
As SG your actions will decide whether the UN is to remain credible as the harbinger of peace, the protector of the weak and the institution that ensures aggression remains unsuccessful around the globe. After all the UN was founded “to prevent future generations from the scourge of war”. It is up to you to ensure that the UN fulfills the mandate given to it by the comity of nations.
My country has always been one of the prime supporters of the UN in its peace and security functions. My Party has justice and human dignity as underlying principles. We cannot now allow the UN to lose all credibility because one powerful state is allowing Israel to conduct aggression against Gaza with impunity. We have a right to demand that you as the SG enforce the UN Charter and play an active role in halting Israeli military aggression against the Palestinian population of Gaza. As SG you must also demand and ensure Egypt open its border with Gaza to allow medical assistance and essential supplies to go into Gaza. You have a duty to ensure that the plan of genocide of the Palestinians by the Israeli state is thwarted. It is time for you as the UNSG to fulfill this critical duty.
PML-N has launched opening batsman ex-CJ, PTI exposes this nexus: Dr Mazari [24 July, 2014]
Central Information Secretary PTI, Dr Shireen Mazari, today stated that the PMLN has finally launched its opening batsman in the shape of ex-CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry to target PTI Chairman Imran Khan. She said PTI welcomed this opportunity to expose the nexus between the ex-CJ and the PMLN especially over the rigging of the May 2013 election and the cover-up that followed. This is what derailed democracy. PTI intends to restore and strengthen democracy by exposing this planned mass rigging on August 14 through its Azadi March.
Mazari said the PTI had yet to receive the legal notice apparently sent to its Chairman, but she made it clear that there was no way PTI and its Chairman would back down. She asserted that PTI has proof not only of the ex-CJ’s complicity in the rigging and cover-up that followed but also the nepotism he indulged in using his Office to promote his son beginning with recruitment into the FIA. PTI also has documentary evidence of his son’s corruption. All of this will be put before the nation on 14 August.
Mazari pointed out that the PMLN is getting unnerved by the minute as its lack of an electoral mandate is nearing a complete expose. That is why it is using all its team players to target Chairman Khan but none of these attacks will stop PTI from its commitment to exposing of rigging, PMLN corruption and the derailment of democracy as the Sharifs’ convert Pakistan into a quasi-monarchy.
The CIS also stated that is was shameful how low the PMLN can stoop to try and target the Chairman PTI. In this connection, the Speaker NA accepting the Senate’s motion against Imran Khan was a clear conflict of interest and could also be taken as a breach of privilege of a MNA. The Speaker had also lost all moral authority after rigging was exposed in his NA 122 constituency when 6 polling stations in PP 147 under his NA constituency, opened for vote verification revealed massive fraud including casting of bogus votes.
Mazari concluded that such tactics by the PMLN and their partner the ex-CJ only bolstered the belief, not only within the PTI but also across the nation, that the PMLN was guilty of stealing the electoral mandate through rigging. Further, such PMLN shenanigans only bolster PTI’s resolve to reclaim democracy and justice for Pakistan and its people – who came out to vote for a strong democracy not a quasi-monarch.
--- Central Media Cell
Imran Khan condemns Election Tribunal over NA 122 vote verification
PTI Chairman Imran Khan Press Statement on NA 122 & rigging
Islamabad: Chairman PTI, Imran Khan, today strongly condemned the continuing vacillation of the Election Tribunal in opening up NA 122 for vote recount and thumbprint verification despite the overwhelming evidence of irregularities that have become evident in PP 147 with only 6 polling stations having been opened for verification.
Khan stated that NADRA has revealed that in the 6 polling stations opened up in PP 147, 3,267 of the 4,726 votes could not be verified, while Nadra identified that the CNIC numbers written on 696 vote counterfoils were fake. In addition, 69% of the votes polled in these 6 polling stations of PP-147 were found to be bogus. Khan added that, interestingly, 117 polling stations in PP-147 fell under NA-122 from where he had contested. In the 6 polling stations there were also 1,590 vote counterfoils that carried fingerprints of bad quality affixed on used counterfoils due to non-utilisation of proper ink. The Election Tribunal judge has committed to opening up the whole PP 147 for verification if discrepancies were found in the 6 polling stations but so far nothing had been done in this regard. Another glaring sign of blatant rigging was the discovery of 7 bags of votes in the 6 polling stations when each polling station has to have only one bag comprising of the votes. If the opening up of a mere 6 polling stations had revealed such massive fraud, the opening up of the 290 polling stations of NA 122 would show even more shocking evidence of vote tampering and rigging.
Chairman Khan asserted that despite this clear evidence of wrongdoing, the Election Tribunal which was considering his petition for opening up of NA 122 for verification had failed to move on operationalising the petition. Khan wondered why NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq was seeking shelter behind court stay orders, one after another, instead of having the moral courage to seek the truth through vote and thumbprint verifications? Khan said that under the circumstances Ayaz Sadiq had lost all moral credibility and should resign from the Speakership till the verification process for NA 122 had been completed.
Khan was categorical in stating that had the PMLN not been obdurate in preventing the auditing of votes and thumbprint verifications in the 4 constitutencies, the PTI would not have been pushed into coming out into the streets. As it is the PTI waited for over a year to seek justice against rigging in all available forums from Election Tribunals to the Courts, including the SC, to the Parliament – all to no avail with the PMLN hiding behind all manner of ruses by playing for time to prevent the rigging from being exposed. Khan added that it was obvious why the PMLN government was unwilling to allow the opening up of the 4 constituencies demanded by PTI; because if these 4 constituencies were opened the PMLN’s massive planned rigging would stand exposed and their government would lose all moral and legal grounds to govern.
Khan asserted that one of the clearest proofs of planned rigging was the vote jump supposedly for N from the 6,805,304 votes they got in the 2008 elections to the rigged 14,874,104 votes they claimed in the 2013 elections. For a party that performed poorly on all fronts in Punjab where they were in power after 2008, it is inconceivable that their vote bamk would have jumped to more than double in 2013. Barring the controversial jangla bus in Lahore, the PMLN government’s performance in Punjab in the agriculture and industrial sector was abysmal. Loadshedding reached new heights and protests against the PMLN government in Punjab came from all segments of society – from teachers, clerks, doctors, students, farmers and industrialists. So the vote count in 2013 was clearly rigged.
Khan concluded by vowing that PTI would expose the electoral fraud of 2013 because the people of Pakistan needed to know that those who sought to steal their mandate would be brought to justice. Also, without this expose and punishment for those involved in rigging in 2013, electoral reforms for the future would not be meaningful.
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