PPP during it previous democratic government’s watch appointed an independent Election Commissioner after consultations but unfortunately he could not assert and the role of the members of the Election Commission became controversial casting aspersions on the whole electoral process of 2013, said Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, President Punjab PPP while talking to media on the occasion of the joining of Qurfban Khan Niazi in PPP here today, younger brother of late Dr. Sher Afghan Nizai, a former federal Minister.
He said that Opposition leader Syed Khurshid Shah was engaged in consultation with other parties hoping that this time a comparatively young, healthy and assertive Chief Election Commissioner would be appointed who would hold elections that no body could raise finger on their authenticity and credibility. In India and in the civilized world elections hardly become controversial, he pointed out.
To another question, Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo described the change in stance of PTI as healthy development urging that the government and the Parliament should accept it to get the country out of the prevailing crippling political straitjacket.
He said that the difference between the PPP and PTI style of politics was obvious because PPP wanted the resolution of the political problems in the Parliament whereas PTI intended to force the settlement outside the Parliament.
He expressed his optimism that the PTI would also revert to the Parliament and democratic process like Dr.Tahir-ul- Qadari, at the end of the day because their present mode of politics was not sustainable in a democratic dispensation where constitution was supreme.
He observed that the mishandling of the Model Town incident and Dr. Tahir-ul- Qadari by the Punjab government based on its offensive policy led to the situation out of control of the government. The application of grossly disprortionate police force just to remove encroachments optimized the administrative and crisis management inaptness, he maintained.
To another question regarding the new assignment of Jehangir Badar in the Party, Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo said that he was an experienced and dedicated old hand of the Party and we all would like to benefit from his experience. He expressed his hope that he would extend his co-operation as a team member to nurture the tree of democracy in the country for the benefit of the posterity as well.
Earlier, Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo appointed Qurban Ali Khan as Co-ordinator of Mianwali expressing his confidence that the Party would gain immensely under his leadership to emerge as the credible political force. He is head of Ditta Khel tribe.
Mr. Qurban Khan Niazi while talking to media assured that he would put his best efforts to come up to the expectations of the leadership. Replying to a question, he said that the PTI’s surge was temporary and the time would witness its sharp decline sooner than later.
At the occasion Mr. Tanvir Ashraf Kaira, Suhail Milk, Manzoor Maneka, Mr. Javed Akhtar, Raja Amir Khan, Ismail Khan, Dr. Khayyam etc were present.