ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Wednesday said the government was fully committed to hold fair and clear elections and will dissolve assemblies with few weeks, reported Aaj news Wednesday.
“With the collective wisdom of federal as well as provincial governments, democracy is gaining strength in the country,” he told the Chief Ministers and the Members of the Council of Common Interests in his opening remarks at the Council’s eleventh meeting held after the 18th Constitutional Amendment.
Premier said the nation was approaching general elections within a couple of months and reiterated that the government was committed to holding free, fair and transparent elections in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.
“This will enable the people of Pakistan to exercise their free will to elect a government of their choice for the next tenure,” he said.
He mentioned that the policy of reconciliation had been introduced by the Pakistan People’s Party with an aim to steer the country out of crisis.
He said “We do not believe in the politics of victimization and the proof of this reality is that there are no political prisoners in the country.”
The Prime Minister said that all political parties had always been taken on board on almost all national issues on internal as well as external fronts.
He said the spirit of democracy was maintained throughout the tenure of the government.
Raja Ashraf said the government gives respect to all democratic forces and mentioned the amicable solution of the issue of Dr Tahir ul Qadri’s long march as its proof.
He said the government took a lot of care of the participants of the long march and engaged them in peaceful dialogue with open heart.
He said the government condemned the loss of precious lives in Quetta on 10th January. The decision to impose Governor’s Rule in Balochistan was also based on consensus and taken after consultation with all the stakeholders, he added.
In view of the deteriorating security situation, Article 234 of the Constitution was invoked and Governor’s Rule was declared in the Province of Balochistan, he added.
The Prime Minister said the CCI is a symbol of federalism and has further strengthened the confidence of all the federating units. It has always been the desire of the Government to settle all debatable issues through CCI, he added.
“We are committed to charter of democracy and have implemented most of its points,” he said.
He recalled that the Council in its earlier meetings discussed pivotal issues of national importance and took decisions with consensus through active participation of federating units. The Council considered sixty-four issues presented by the Federation as well as the provinces.
The Prime Minister said most of its decisions had been implemented and quite a few are in various phases of implementation.
Its second annual report, as approved by the Council will be placed before the Parliament as required under Article 153 (4) of the Constitution.