newsdailyFebruary 23, 2021


ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz Tuesday said Prime Minister Imran Khan had accepted the challenge of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) for re-polling at 20 polling stations in NA-75.

Talking to the media here, he said the prime minister had always faced the challenges boldly and in this particular case, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was ready for the re-polling. He said the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), an independent institution, would take the final decision about the by-election held in NA-75 Daska and the PTI would accept it.

Shibli said it was ironic that the PML- N which was the inventor of Chhanga Manga style of politics and horse trading in the politics was today crying foul. He said whenever the opposition parties won elections, they termed them fair and transparent but when they lost, they started crying hoarse. Criticizing the duplicity of the opposition parties, he said those who promote corruption and horse trading were opposing open ballot in the Senate elections.

He said only those opposed open ballot who planned to indulge in horse trading and malpractices. He said the PTI government wanted to introduce electronic voting system in general elections to ensure transparency in the election process. The PML-N had always pursued a policy of bullying and rigging and people like Rana Sanaullah and Javed Latif were sent in the constituency on the election day for the purpose.

He said the PML-N goons disturbed the law and order situation in by-polls. He said keeping its tradition of changing stances, the PML-N had backtracked from its earlier stance and now demanding new elections in the entire constituency.

The minister said the  PML-N leadership was known for its narrative of deceit and lies and Calibri font and the statement of owning no property even in Pakistan what to speak of England were its examples.

He said the politics of opposition parties, PML-N and Pakistan Peoples Party, was based on deceit and lies. He said the final decision regarding the re-election in NA-75 constituency would be taken by the ECP which was an independent institution and the PTI would accept it.

Shibli said the PTI believed in institutions whereas the opponents believed in bullying and violence and opened fire on women and children in Model Town, Lahore. He said the PML- N vote bank in the Punjab was shrinking whereas the PTI’s vote bank was increasing with every passing day. He said the PML-N would again bite the dust after prime minister’s challenge of holding re-polling at 20 polling stations. He said after plundering trillions of rupees from national exchequer, the PML- N leaders had taken refuge in luxury flats of London and had the audacity to lecture on morality.—APP

newsdailyNovember 16, 2020


ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz said people threw in the dustbin the narrative of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) and Nawaz Sharif and voted in favour of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) in the election of Gilgit Baltistan awarding the party a majority.

Addressing a press conference here,  he said people and candidates in Gilgit Baltistan took part in elections and the democratic process and some candidates won and some lost. This time those persons lost elections who were campaigning in Gilgit Baltistan for a month and were on the nerves of people, he added. The minister said the opposition claimed that the elections will be a referendum but the people rejected it in the polls.

The people of Gilgit Baltistan voted with a democratic mindset and chose their progress, prosperity, development, and bright future, he added. The minister said the senior-most leadership of the opposition campaigned for the elections but they did not have a moral reason to tell on which basis they wanted a vote of people.

Both parties in their ten-year tenures did nothing for the people in the sectors of education, health and industry and only paid lip service, he said adding the media fully covered the election campaign with their cameras and teams. The minister said the opposition was talking about rigging before and after the election. The opposition was changing its narrative and now it was being said that people of Gilgit Baltistan always go with the federal government.

Shibli stressed that the elections were free, fair and transparent adding PTI could have won more seats if the opposition’s claims of rigging were accepted. Pakistan Tehreek-i- Insaf got the majority in the elections, he said adding for the opposition only those elections were fair in which it will win.

The opposition did the same thing in 2018 and cried about rigging without giving any proofs, he recalled. The minister said PTI waged a struggle for transparency in elections and it raised the issue of rigging in 2018 in the Election Commission, Parliament, the courts and four constituencies were opened on its demand. Opposition sitting in assemblies was getting paid while Maulana Fazlur Rehman contested election in the Parliament for the post of President. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi lost the election from his home constituency and then he won the National Assembly seat from Lahore.

He said leaders of opposition parties did not want to pursue allegations of rigging further admitting that the elections in Gilgit Baltistan were fair.
He said the Sharif family, ministers of PMLN, and its second-tier leadership were involved in corruption.

Now the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and anti-corruption department with the permission of the courts would go after corrupt people in political parties. “We have data and we will go after the corrupt as people of Pakistan have given the mandate to PTI to hold the corrupt accountable.”

To a question, he said the government will bring further changes in the election laws to introduce electronic voting and show of hands in the election in Senate as a part of its efforts to make the process transparent.

The government will strengthen democracy by following the rule of law, he said adding opposition would have to tell how its leaders accumulated assets of billions of rupees. He thanked the people of Gilgit Baltistan for giving PTI nine seats of the assembly.—APP

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