ISLAMABADA – Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has clarified that NADRA has not been transferred to the Election Commission, rather the administrative control of the process of verification of thumb impressions has been given to the Commission for three months.
Nisar said he was smelling ‘mid-term’ elections conspiracy from the hue and cry of people who are playing politics on the matter of contention of elections. He said that the government has not objection over the efforts of holding mid-term elections but the election process should not be made disputed, adding that making elections disputed is not in favor of nation. Nisar said Mollah Abdul Qadir was supported of united Pakistan, adding that the whole Pakistani nation is grieved over the judicial murder of Mollah.
He was responding to the point raised by Shah Mahmood Qureshi of PTI and supported by Syed Naveed Qamar of PPP and Sheikh Rashid Ahmad in the National Assembly. Nisar said that the parties which are making hue and cry over the matter are playing politics. Nisar said he is wiling to do anything regarding the verification of votes, which is acceptable for the opposition. Nisar said there are complaints from all provinces and this is not the matter of only Punjab province. Nisar said he was ready to handover the matter of verification of votes from PTI leader justice (retd) Wajihuddin Ahmed. Nisar said he will present the record against Chairman NADRA after the issuance of the court verdict.
The Interior Minister said the move is intended to satisfy the opposition and it is subject to concurrence of the Election Commission.
He also clarified that removal of Chairman NADRA had nothing to do with the issue of thumb verification. He also pointed out that the process of verification of thumb impression should not confine to four constituencies as there are petitions by PML(N), PPP and MQM with relations to many other constituencies.
The Interior Minister said the opposition should appreciate intention of the Government as it is parting with its powers to satisfy opposition.
Ch. Nisar Ali Khan said the entire episode smacks of creating conditions for mid-term elections. He said it is right of the opposition to seek mid-term elections but it should not be linked to this issue.
Imran Khan said they have reservations about other constituencies but they opted for four as they accepted results of general elections. He said he has not talked about mid-term elections and wants the Government to complete its mandated term.
He said other parties too have leveled allegations of rigging and therefore, there is need to clear the mist for the sake of future of Pakistan.
He said there would be doubts about local bodies elections as well if this issue was not resolved. He said KPK government has decided not to hold local bodies elections until and unless arrangements are complete for introduction of bio-metric system.
Responding to points raised by Imran Khan, Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan said the Government would welcome evolution of a transparent mechanism for holding of local bodies elections.
He said if KPK Government was developing bio-metric system then the Punjab Government would be willing to replicate it in the province as well for local elections.
The Minister also offered the opposition to bring a bill to ensure holding of fair and transparent elections and strengthening of the ECP and assured support of the Government to the bill.
Referring to the point of PTI Chairman that the election petitions were taking time, he reminded that election tribunals were under the control of the Government.
Rising on a point of order, Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said 42 years ago we witnessed the tragedy of fall of Dhaka but unfortunately we seem to have not learnt any lesson.
He said still we react in a violent manner, do not respect others and despite claims about democracy our attitudes are not democratic.
The Interior Minister said it is an occasion to carry out self-analysis as to what we achieved and lost in forty-two years.
Ch. Nisar Ali Khan regretted that leader of BD Jamaat-e-Islami who strongly advocated the cause of united Pakistan was hanged a few days back in what is being called judicial murder.
He said Jamaat-e-Islami wants to bring a resolution on the issue and the government would support it.