LAHORE - PML-Q President Senator Ch Shujaat Hussain has said that only fresh elections can resolve the current political issues.

Talking to this scribe at the dinner hosted in honour of the delegates of Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) here on Sunday, he said at present midterm elections were not suitable as the same election commission and the same election system would not make any difference. He favoured wide-range reforms in the electoral system.

Answering a question about the PTI protest and his call to shut down the country if his demands were not met, the PML-Q president said Imran Khan was doing well and was telling the people what was happening in the country at present. When asked whether his party had parted ways with the PAT, he categorically denied this impression and said, they were with Dr Tahirul Qari’s party and the latter was much in the field. When asked it seemed the PML-Q had parted ways with Tahirul Qadri as he did not inquire about his health, Ch Shujaat dispelled this impression and said he was going to see him just the next day.

When asked if he had been contacted by the Muslim League leaders who at the moment were struggling to forge an alliance of all factions of the Muslim League, he did not deny it, but said they should wait and see what was going to happen.  When asked whether the sitting government should complete the term, he said only new elections were solution to the problem as the government had failed on all fronts.

Meanwhile, PML-N Chairman Senator Raja Zafarul Haq and Senator Ch Shujaat Hussain met each other very warmly at the venue of the APA plenary session. They spent some moments on the same table and exchanged their views.

Punjab Governor Ch Muhammad Sarwar, while replying to a query from media persons on the PTI sit-in and its outcome, said some way out should be found out as the county could not afford any disturbance. He said an initiative needed to be taken to bring PTI and the government to the negotiating table to resolve the issue.

Raja Zafarul Haq, in a media interaction, said that negative politics was causing a great damage to the country. He added the parties involved in it must acknowledge this fact and give up agitation. He asked PTI Chairman Imran Khan and the people around him to shun the negative approach as well as the plan to create disturbance.

As many 130 delegates from 25 Asian countries are in the city to participate in the three-day 7th plenary session of Asian Parliamentary Assembly which started on Monday (today) and would continue till Wednesday.

Asian Parliamentary Assembly Chairman Mushahid Hussain Sayed welcomed the delegates and threw light on the significance of the session to promote and realise the vision of transforming the assembly into the pattern of European Parliament or African Union. In his address, he said it was an admitted fact that the current century was of Asia in terms of international politics and economy, so the Asian states should take their decisions independently and avail themselves of this opportunity as balance of power was tilting towards this part of the world. He said if the Asian Parliamentary Assembly was restructured into the European Parliament or the African Union, it would go a long way to help the Asian countries to get their issues resolved promptly and peacefully, which was their dire need.

Mushahid also focused on the historical, cultural and political importance of Lahore. He recalled the Islamic summit held here in 1974 and said it had given a new boost to the need of early solution to the Palestine problem. In the same way, he said, the APA could help resolve the issues of Palestine, Kashmir and others.

Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan, Sindh Assembly Deputy Speaker Shehla Raza, Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, Senator Tahir Mashhadi, Riaz Fatiana, Farhatullah Babar, Ch Javed Elahi, Muhammad Mehdi, senior media men and bureaucrats were among the guests.