PPP, PML-N agree to set up committee on electoral reforms

ISLAMABAD: The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the opposition Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Monday agreed on constitution of an all parties parliamentary committee on electoral reforms. The consensus was evolved at a meeting between the government team led by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and the opposition team lead by Khursheed Shah. The proposal for the parliamentary committee was put forward by Shah and the government side agreed to it, sources privy to the meeting told Daily Times. Dar told the meeting that government has already started working on setting up such a committee and that all political parties will be taken on board before its formation. Both sides also agreed to resist any move that may put the democratic system in danger. Shah asked the government team to start consultations for appointment of the chief election commissioner, which was reciprocated positively by the government side. “We will try to bring a consensus name for the CEC after the budget session,” Dar assured Shah. Sources disclosed that Dar also requested the opposition leader to refrain from sharp criticism on the budget proposals as government is ready to incorporate all the valuable suggestions of opposition before it is passed.

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