Official shunted after rigging bombshell

• Pindi commissioner Chattha admits role in rigging, blames CJP, CEC without proof; Jappa new commissioner
• Justice Isa says top court not concerned with polls, asks commissioner to produce evidence
• ECP forms high-level committee to probe claims; contempt decision against Chattha after inquiry
• Punjab govt orders inquiry; minister says commissioners have no role in polls; Jappa, DROs refute allegations

Editorial: Pindi commissioner’s allegations have strengthened calls for an independent audit of election results

RAWALPINDI: Another layer of controversy was added to the already disputed elections on Saturday after Rawalpindi Commissioner Liaquat Ali Chattha accused the Election Commission of Pakistan and Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa of involvement in the ‘rigging’ — a claim denied by the ECP and the CJP.

These allegations came almost a week after the Feb 8 polls on a day when PTI and other political parties decided to kick-start their nationwide anti-rigging campaign, claiming they were deprived of their mandate through ‘massive rigging’.

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