ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Irfan Siddique Thursday said that the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) had taken a bold decision to contest by-elections.
“The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) should now accept the challenge,” he said talking to Pakistan Television.
Irfan Siddiqui he said the decision to go to the court of people was taken in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. “Our umpire are people of Pakistan,” he added.
He said Sardar Ayaz Sadiq would only file an appeal against the eletion tribunal’s verdict in the Suprem Court as he had been imposed fine, but he would not obtain stay order.
Irfan Siddiqui said the PTI was celebrating only three decisions of election tribunals given in its favour but rest of 58 verdicts were announced against it.
He said the PTI should accept the challenge and contest by-elections instead of running away. ” It is now making excuses to avoid by-polls and has started demanding resignation of members of Election Commission of Pakistan”.
The government, he said, had no power and authority to remove members of the ECP. The PTI should file a reference in the judicial commission, which was the legal course.
The Special Assistant said not a single judge of election tribunals, in their verdicts, had mentioned rigging. Rather, they only pointed out irregularities and mismanagement in elections, he added.
Irfan Siddique said instead of doing politics of confrontation and agitation, the PTI should play a constructive role and give its input in the parliamentary committee working on judicial reforms.
He said the 32-member parliamentary committee would finalize its work by the end of this year and then constitutional amendments would have to be enacted accordingly.
He said the PML-N believed in rule of law and supremacy of Constitution and despite ruling at the Centre and in Punjab it accepted the election tribunals’ verdicts which were were not in its favour.
He said the PTI faced crushing defeat in last general elections while the PML-N won 114 seat with the margin of 20,000.
Irfan Siddique said the politics of agitation and clash would only benefit the enemies of the country who wanted to destablize the national economy and sabotage China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
He said it would be ridicilous to say that the election tribunals’ verdicts had overruled the findings of Judicial Commission which were given after examining 272 National Assembly seats.
About the MQM resignation issue, he said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif wanted those parties to remain in the Partliament which had got mandate from the people. However, the Karachi operation would continue as it was not against any party, he added.
He said that politicians should avoid giving such statements which could harm the system.