I’m ready for dialogue, Nawaz announces

PM requests CJ to form 3-member body to investigate poll results

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday requested Chief Justice of Supreme Court Justice Nasirul Mulk to form a three-member commission that will investigate the alleged irregularities in the 2013 general election.

In a televised address to the nation, the prime minister said that he respected the people's right to protest, but stressed that parliamentary representation cannot determined by street protests. "I am ready for any dialogue and negotiation,” he said.

“With an open heart I expressed the will to talk about the ongoing crisis,” he said. “For the well-being of Pakistan, I will not let ego come in the way,” he said. About Dr Tahirul Qadri, the prime minister said this country, which is already fighting terrorism, would not allow a third party to incite violence.

Nawaz said that the 2013 polls were largely considered free, fair and transparent. "No international or local body said that these elections were rigged or that the losers were the real winners,” he argued. He vowed that electoral laws would be reformed so that the next election would be more transparent.

“For this reason, I asked the Senate and the National Assembly to constitute an electoral reforms committee. I am happy that this committee has been formed with 33 members and is functional. I am hopeful that this committee will achieve its goal in good time and will be a milestone in our country’s history," he said.

The 2018 elections will take place under the recommendations of this committee, he added. "We want to take all parties on board. We want all stakeholders in the National Assembly on board.” Nawaz said all state institutions in Pakistan are working together according to the constitution.

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