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PDM rejects electoral reforms, announces to restart anti-govt rallies

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has rejected the government’s proposals of electoral reforms and the use of an electronic voting machine (EVM) in the next general elections.

Talking to the media after a meeting of the PDM leaders, PDM chief Maulana Fazalur Rehman said that the EVM is an easy way to rig the elections.

“The election-thief selected government is imposed on the country. We reject each kind of legislation. The NAB and the FIA have become political institutions,” he maintained.

The PDM chairman claimed that no one was more loyal to Pakistan than them.

Fazl said the participants of the meeting analysed in detail the overall situation in the country as well as internal and foreign matters. He said the participants were of a unanimous view that the country faces severe internal and external threats, while the incumbent government has ‘completely failed’ in combatting the prevailing threats.

“Pakistan is facing isolation due to the current regime’s policies,” he said, slamming the government for its ‘failed’ foreign policy, as Pakistan was not allowed to present its case during the UNSC meeting on Afghanistan.

“PDM believes the only way forward in Afghanistan is through an inclusive political solution; Pakistan aspires for a political and stable Afghanistan,” he added.

To deal with the situation, the PDM’s steering committee will meet in Islamabad on August 21 after the parties in the alliance discuss the recommendations made during today’s meeting so they can be given a “practical shape”, Fazl said.

The PDM leadership will then hold a meeting on Aug 28 in Karachi to discuss the recommendations agreed upon by the steering committee and make decisions. “A splendid and unparalleled rally organised by PDM will be held on Aug 29 in Karachi,” he announced.

Speaking on the occasion, Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif said that Nawaz Sharif could not return without his complete medical treatment. “It is deplorable to do politics on the health of the three-time prime minister,” he said.

He said that no failed leader like Imran Khan has come to the power in the history of the country. “Inflation has broken the backbone of the common man. Taxes are rife and the country is facing isolation due to incompetence of the government,” he added.

Shehbaz Sharif said that the PDM and the PML-N want fair elections and the rule of the constitution in the country.

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