Govt willing to talk to the opposition over electoral reforms

ISLAMABAD: The government has once again offered dialogue to the Opposition over electoral reforms after the recent Senate debacle came as a setback to them.

While addressing a joint news conference in Islamabad today, the two federal ministers Shibli Faraz and Fawad Chaudhry made this offer stated that “Let’s sit together and work on electoral reforms jointly and cancel the long march.”

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz said “The political orphans have initiated a campaign and were talking about a long march and resignations.”

“The opposition parties were disappointed by the vote of confidence obtained by Prime Minister Imran Khan and are now licking their wounds after defeat in Senate elections,” adding that “the Opposition is now seeing its political death.”

Opposition alliance Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has faced defeat at every turn. Immature politicians of opposition parties have launched a campaign against the government, Shibli said.

The minister further said that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s strategy to tackle coronavirus was a success and despite the pandemic country’s economy is growing and business activities are increasing. He claimed that differences have been surfaced between the PML-N and the PPP after the Senate elections.

Minister for Science and Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf(PTI) has two narratives, one is accountability and the other is transparency in the elections which are in the best interest of the country.

“There is only one option for Nawaz Sharif – pay back the looted wealth or go to prison,” Chaudhry said.

“There is a backlash in the public over whatever PML-N leader Javed Latif had said,” Fawad said.

Chaudhry also praised NAB’s move seeking cancellation of PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz’s bail application in Lahore High Court (LHC). Fawad said neither Maryam Nawaz could go to London nor Nawaz Sharif and Altaf Hussain could return to Pakistan.

The minister said that Nawaz Sharif and MQM founder received similar training and both are not coming back to Pakistan from London. He said anti-Pakistan statements after defeat in an election are condemnable and stressed that people who want to follow the footsteps of the MQM founder should also take into account his political end.

Fawad said the PML-N and PPP both supported open balloting for Senate elections in their Charter of Democracy and urged the senior leadership of both the parties to take matters into their hands and cancel the long march that is scheduled for March 26.

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