LAHORE - Punjab Governor Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood has said that the political parties should prepare for elections which would be held on time.

Talking to the media along with Jamat-e-Islami Ameer Syed Munawar Hasan at Mansoora on Monday, he said holding long march was not a joke and as per his information no such thing would happen.

During visit to Mansoora, the governor offered condolence on the sad demise of former JI ameer Qazi Husain Ahmed and ex-JI naib ameer Prof Ghafoor Ahmed. PPP leader Raja Riaz Ahmed and Abdul Qadir Shaheen accompanied the governor.

JI Secretary General Liaqat Baloch, Dr Farid Paracha, Dr Waseem Akhtar, Ameerul Azim, Nazir Janjua and Hafiz Salman Butt were also present.

Mehmood said either there would be no long march or it would be merely cough and flu. He said that the meeting was already scheduled but it was sad that two prominent leaders died during the period.

He praised Qazi Husain Ahmed for his role in promoting religious and sectarian harmony in the country.

Syed Munawar Hasan said the governor has assured that the election would be held on time.

He said the caretaker set up should be neutral with no representation to any of the political parties to ensure free, fair and transparent polls.

Meanwhile, condolence messages continued to pour in from within the country and abroad for Qazi Hussain Ahmed.

Officiating Turk ambassador Suleman Soha conveyed the message of Prime Minister Tayyup Ardagan.

Dr Muhammad Badeh, Khalid Mashal, Yousaf Karzavi, Mehmood Abbas, Hassan Al-Bashar, Muhammad deedi, Dr Samsan SaeedJalal-ud-Din Umri and other leaders sent condolence messages to the JI leadership.

Besides various countries and other cities in Pakistan, ghaibana namaz-e-janaza of Qazi Husain Ahmed was offered at Masjid-e-Shuhada.