ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Opposition Leader Syed Khursheed Shah on Wednesday took into confidence JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman over electoral reforms proposals; prominent among them is to reduce the government’s tenure from five to four years.
Fazl also termed the idea of reducing the tenure of government from five years to four years a “positive” suggestion. He, however, informed the opposition leader that his party’s executive body would take final stance on this proposal.
Shah shared with Fazl a set of proposals he had forwarded to the National Assembly speaker for electoral reforms.
Appointment of the chief election commissioner (CEC) and changes suggested by Shah to the criteria for making this appointment were also discussed during the meeting and Fazl promised to come up with the stance of his party after consultations within the party.
Both leaders also discussed overall political situation of the country, particularly with reference to the planned move of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to launch a long march on August 14.
Fazl-led JUI-F is an ally of the government and has nominated two of its members to the parliamentary committee on electoral reforms.
Meanwhile, Shah has strongly condemned the registration of a criminal case against Tariq Malik, former chairman of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), and placing his name on the Exit Control List (ECL).
“It is an act of character assassination of Tariq Malik when courts have absolved him of all the charges,” Shah said in a statement.
He also questioned the action against Tariq Malik at a time when the role of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and NADRA in thumb verification process was being debated everywhere.
“Such an act clearly indicates the intentions of and would raise fingers at the government,” Shah added.
Shah also criticised Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan and said that he had the habit of forgetting things.
“The minister stated on the floor of the house that 13 officials, including NADRA Chairman Tariq Malik, are dual nationals some time back,” Shah recalled.
When the disclosure was made about dual nationality then, he questioned, why this drama of FIR was being staged now. He also questioned as to whether holding dual nationality was a crime under the law and if so, then why other officials having dual nationalities were not being dealt with under the same law. He accused the Nawaz Sharif government of repeating the history of 1990s and advised it to take the course of wisdom as lack of sanity on part of the government resulted in Model Town incident in Lahore and now the government was resorting to character assassination of Tariq Malik.
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