KARACHI – JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has demanded an independent and powerful Election Commission and a consensus interim government for holding the next general elections, which he foresees in 2012.

Fazl said his party can discuss the options of resigning from assemblies.

In an informal chat with the media here on Saturday, he said JUI-F also wants removal of 35 million bogus votes already officially accepted by NADRA from the voters’ lists. These bogus votes, he said, were allegedly used by unseen forces/hands to influence the results of the elections. NADRA should tell the nation how long it would take to remove bogus votes from the lists because only then other steps necessary could be taken, he added.

However, if these bogus votes remain part of the lists, the chances were that they could be used to manipulate the results, he observed. Responding to a question about submitting resignations by PML-N legislators from assemblies, the Maulana said the matter could be discussed and settled. But in the meantime, he said all the forces in Opposition should come on one platform; sit together and find a common ground for working and evolving an agenda from where they could start working for participation in the elections.

He said he had already sent a message to PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif for holding a meeting of opposition parties.

He said he was ready to host moot of opposition parties to chalk out future course of action.

When asked about the political future of Pervez Musharraf who is expected to return home this month, he said no retired general in Pakistan’s history has ever succeeded in political arena, so he did not see any political future of Musharraf in national politics.