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‘He’s talking opposition’s language’: Swati on chief election commissioner

Railways Minister Azam Swati and Babar Awan
Railways Minister Azam Swati on Monday mentioned Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikander Sultan Raja was talking the opposition’s language to “fiddle” with the federal government, which was standing its floor like an “iron wall”.

Addressing a press convention in Islamabad alongside Adviser to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan, Swati mentioned: “At this time, you [the CEC] are talking the opposition’s language … and messing round with the federal government. We’re standing as an iron wall so cease us in the event you can.”

He mentioned the federal government needed to swallow a “bitter capsule” on the CEC’s appointment to protect the sanctity of this “constitutional establishment”, referring to the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP). “I do not wish to and will not reveal the way you [CEC] had been appointed,” Swati mentioned.

“If we did not respect the ECP, we might have by no means appointed you,” he mentioned, including that the federal government confirmed his appointment to abide by the Structure and defend the ECP’s dignity regardless of realizing that he was allegedly shut with the Sharifs.

Swati mentioned the federal government solely wished uncontroversial, truthful and free elections and a system which “future generations cannot level fingers at”.

He questioned why the CEC had made no progress on pilot programmes as ordered beforehand by the Supreme Court docket or the parliament by way of the Elections Act 2017.

“I once more remind you Sikandar Sultan Raja sahab that solely the one who accepts defeat, loses. Come and see whether or not the regulation and the Structure are better or your personal being.”

The railways minister continued to lash out on the CEC and requested him on “whose directions are you destroying such an amazing establishment”.

“I, this nation and abroad Pakistanis wish to ask you this.”

Concerning the discover despatched to him by the ECP for his tirade in opposition to the establishment, Swati questioned what number of such comparable notices had been despatched to different political leaders from the opposition.

Responding to a query on whether or not the federal government was prepared to take a seat down with the ECP, Swati clarified: “We do not have a quarrel with the ECP however with Raja Sultan.”

Based on the railways minister, all the goal of the press convention was to ship this message: “Raja sahab you can not violate the regulation or the Structure […] When the parliament passes its voice by way of a regulation then beneath the management of [Prime Minister] Imran Khan, we’ll [bring] a improbable [electoral] system.

“You’ll purchase the [electronic voting] machines and additionally, you will do work. We are going to go to the Supreme Court docket if we have to.”