ISLAMABAD - Feeling the heat of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf public rallies across the major cities, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) has approached Pakistan People's Party to draw some strategy of bringing electoral reforms including the appointment of chief election commissioner.
Federal ministers Ishaq Dar and Zahid Hamid met Leader of Opposition Syed Khursheed Shah in his assembly chamber on Monday and discussed with him the electoral reforms agenda of the government. PPP Parliamentary Leader in Senate Mian Raza Rabbani and Syed Naveed Qamar were also present during the meeting, which lasted for well over one hour.
The sources aware of the deliberations of the meeting informed The Nation that both the parties agreed to introduce electoral reforms and it was also agreed in the meeting that other parliamentary parties would also be included in a committee to work out the reforms in the existing electoral system in the country.
Sources in Pakistan People's Party informed that it was also agreed in the meeting that the process of the appointment of chief election commissioner in the constitution would be fully adhered to and the same would be made soon by the leader of the opposition and leader of house through mutual consultation.
The sources further informed that it was decided that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf would also be invited to become part of the committee to be constituted to institute electoral reforms to spruce up the existing system and instead of holding public rallies and protests they should give their input in it.
Both the major political parties were also of the unanimous view that any attempt to derail the incumbent political system should be resisted. The PPP leaders have assured the ruling PML-N that they would not become part of any such move, which would derail the system or cause damage to the incumbent political dispensation.
Later in a brief chat with media, Leader of Opposition Syed Khursheed Shah said that PML-N leaders came to them for having their input for making the electoral system in the country free from flaws. He further said that it was decided that a committee comprising the parliamentarians and having the representation from all the parliamentary parties would be formed to come up with suggestions and proposals to reform the incumbent electoral system and then the same would be provided with constitutional cover.
Earlier, Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) had already contacted major political parties in the country to woo their support against any undemocratic move against the incumbent political dispensation.
The meeting of PML-N leadership with JI Amir was already held while in next few days they would be meeting with ANP leadership with the same agenda.