ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) have joined hands for joint action for electoral reforms.
The development came on Wednesday following meetings between the senior leaders of the three parties, which have agreed that the current Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) “has been unsuccessful” in fulfilling the constitutional responsibilities of holding fair general elections in the country, and it needs to be dissolved for fresh constitution. During a meeting held at the residence of PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain in the capital, the leadership of both the political parties agreed to form an opposition alliance against the government of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.
The PML-Q chief had supported the PTI protest against poll rigging during the general elections of May 2013. Later, in a joint press talk, addressed by PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Chaudhry Shujaat, the former said that the PTI had been raising its voice against the alleged poll rigging, but interestingly even after the passage of one year the election tribunals are using delaying tactics and have failed to decide the petitions pending with them. He demanded that the incumbent Election Commission of Pakistan be reconstituted and alleged that it has completely failed to deliver a free, fair and transparent general election to the nation.
Qureshi added that the PTI had presented its stance to the PML-Q leadership over the alleged poll rigging during the last general elections and the PML-Q completely agreed with its stance. He criticised the present electoral process and demanded it be reformed. He said that both the parties agreed that free and fair elections are necessary for the democracy. He also said that a committee was being formed to examine the existing laws and to develop national consensus about election reforms. Qureshi said that the proposed committee would comprise of Kamil Ali Agha, Tariq Bashir Cheema, Arif Alvi and Shafqat Mehmood, two members from both parties.
Speaking to the media Chaudhry Shujaat said it is surprising that those who stand victorious in the general elections are also saying that the polls had been rigged.
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