Justice (r) Tariq Mehmood has said he was surprised to listen to the demands of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf chief Imran Khan and it seems that he had no idea about the law and constitution without which no one could run affairs of the government.
Imran Khan has floated three demands dissolution of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), fresh elections and action against those allegedly involved in rigging 2013 elections. He also vowed that participants of his Azadi March would not return to their homes unless change of regime occurred at the federal level.
Talking to ‘The News,’ Justice (r) Tariq Mehmood said: "If Imran Khan wants to become the prime minister, he must show respect as well as know the law and the Constitution because if he continues to throw demands ignoring the legal provisions, the people would not take him as a serious politician."
He said the PTI chief maintained that the Election Tribunals disposed of the election petitions on technical grounds that were entirely incorrect statements because all such petitions were rejected on legal grounds.
"There is a law that is also being followed in India and the UK in which the losing candidate has to fulfil requirements before filing his election petition. So if the election tribunals dispose of any such petition according to this law, the PTI chief should think about the shortcomings and weaknesses of his candidates who failed to follow the legal requirements," he said.
Tariq Mehmood said Imran demanded electoral reforms and a 33 member Electoral Reforms Committee was the best forum to introduce new reforms for free, fair and transparent elections but at the same time he also sought dissolution of the National Assembly, adding "So I would request Imran Khan to please guide us if the National Assembly is dissolved, what is the way to introduce new electoral reforms for transparent elections."