Politics: (PTI withdraws Nabil Gabol’s name as witness in poll rigging inquiry)

ISLAMABAD: Lawyers for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday withdrew the name of former lawmaker Nabil Gabol from its list of witnesses in the judicial inquiry probing alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections.

Managing Director of the Pakistan Security Printing Corporation Karachi, Rizwan Ahmed, was cross-examined as the judicial commission held its proceedings on Monday here at the Supreme Court.

Rizwan Ahmed said that he was posted for security printing press on April 11, 2013 when the printing of ballot papers had already begun. He said that, as compared to 2008, extra paper for ballots was purchased in the 2013 elections because the number of constituencies was greater.

Extra ballot papers had to be printed due to orders from the courts, he said, adding that orders to purchase extra paper were given by the Printing Corporation of Pakistan.

Pakistan Security Printing Corporation printed 73.3 million ballot papers, he said, adding that the record of the printing of all ballot papers was present at the Printing Corporation.

He claimed that ballot papers were not printed from outside the press, and that it was incorrect to say that the printing machines had photocopying and memory card options. These machines were only for printing, he said.

He said that ballot papers were delivered in the presence of Election Commission officials, Returning Officers (Ros) and Army personnel. He added that old ballot papers were also destroyed in the presence of security personnel.

He said that Balochistan was provided ballot papers by May 2, but he claimed that he did not remember when they were delivered for Punjab and Sindh provinces.

This was the 13th session of the inquiry commission chaired by Chief Justice of Pakistan Nasirul Mulk. The commission was formed last month to probe allegation of widespread rigging in the 2013 general elections and submit its report within 45 days.

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