Khursheed Shah says govt stands exposed after 18-month performance

“I ask you Mian Sahib to come forward and settle this issue through political means as this [political] tussle is weakening the state,” said Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah. PHOTO: AFP
“I ask you Mian Sahib to come forward and settle this issue through political means as this [political] tussle is weakening the state,” said Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah on Wednesday said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will support that party (either the PML-N or the PTI) which will take lead in resuming the negotiations.
Talking to media persons at his chamber in the Parliament House, Khursheed Shah requested the newly appointed Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (R) Sardar Raza Khan to take notice of the election tribunals’ procedure.
He said the candidate with second highest votes was declared winner after an election tribunal forwarded the rigging complaint in Sindh whereas re-elections were suggested on rigging allegations in Punjab. “Why was a dual policy maintained by the election tribunals with regard to rigging probe in Punjab and Sindh,” he questioned.
The Karachi Election Tribunal on Saturday declared Ghous Ali Shah of the PML-N successful, thereby, declaring the success of the PPP leader Nawab Wassan null and void.
Ghous Ali Shah had filed an electoral petition against the triumph of Nawab Wassan in NA-215, accepting which, the Karachi Election Tribunal had reserved its decision after listening to the arguments of both parties’ lawyers.
Nawab Wassan of the PPP got 91,809 votes in elections 2013 whereas Ghous Ali Shah of the PML-N gained 66,481 votes. The Karachi Election Tribunal had sent 174,291 votes to the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) for verification; whereas, Nadra only verified 47,291 votes.
However, 99,752 votes were declared to be unrecognisable by Nadra authorities.
As a result of recounting, the election tribunal decided to declare Ghous Ali successful in NA-125 constituency.
Meanwhile, addressing a seminar arranged in connection with the World Human Rights Day, Khursheed Shah said two parties are playing the game of power politics.
He said one party is trying to remove the prime minister, while the other party is trying to save its power. “In this situation, the IDPs affected by the Operation Zarb-e-Azb have been left unattended,” he said.
He said the government stands exposed after its 18-month performance.
He paid tribute to Malala Yousafzai for winning the Nobel Peace Prize and appreciated her matchless struggle.
Source: The News

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