CEC Raja was a 'servant of the Sharif household', says Imran Khan

Addressing a gathering at Government College University (GCU) in Lahore, Imran said the audio leaks had made it apparent that CEC Raja was a "servant of the Sharif household", Dawn reported."In the audio leaks, Nawaz is telling him (CEC) who should be disqualified and when to hold elections," the former premier said.

PTI chief Imran Khan said on Monday that after the surfacing of audio leaks allegedly featuring conversations between key figures in the coalition government, Pakistan's Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja should resign from his post, a Pakistan-based media outlet reported.

Addressing a gathering at Government College University (GCU) in Lahore, Imran said the audio leaks had made it apparent that CEC Raja was a "servant of the Sharif household", Dawn reported.

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"In the audio leaks, Nawaz is telling him (CEC) who should be disqualified and when to hold elections," the former premier said.

After the audio leaks, the CEC should resign if he has even an ounce of shame, he said. "But he doesn't (have any shame), so we will have to make him resign."

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Audio leaks of purported conversations between key government figures - including Pak Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz and some members of the federal cabinet - discussing governance matters privately surfaced over the weekend, prompting concerns over the security of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

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PML-N leader Talal Chaudhry on Sunday had said the government was taking the leaks "very seriously", however, he stopped short of denying the veracity of the audios.

The content of the recordings, which appear to be informal conversations in the PM Office - as opposed to recorded phone conversations - has not been denied or disputed by Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, who instead insisted that these only showed that "nothing illegal had happened".

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In his speech, Imran also alleged that the CEC had blocked the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) on the instructions of PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif and PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari.

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"I kept on trying to introduce EVMs for three years [...] But this man, on the instructions of Nawaz and Zardari, who rely on false votes, did not allow EVMs," he claimed, Dawn reported.

Turning his guns on Maryam, the PTI chief referred to one of the audio recordings purportedly featuring a conversation between PM Shehbaz and an unidentified official about the possibility of facilitating the import of Indian machinery for a power project that was linked to the PML-N vice president's son-in-law.
 

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