LAHORE- Opposition parties including the PPP, ANP and JI while supporting prime minister’s decision to form a judicial commission to probe allegations of rigging in May 11 elections, have criticised the government for not making it much earlier.

They have also urged the PTI to consider the prime minister’s offer which they said was appropriate.

Secretary Information, PPP, Qamar Zaman Kaira, appreciated prime minister’s decision to constitute a judicial commission and also asked PTI chief Imran Khan to accept the offer and call off his long march. According to Mr Kaira, prime minister’s announcement was a big victory for Mr Khan.  He, however, criticised the government for not responding to PTI’s demands at an early stage of the protest movement. The government should have made such an announcement much earlier, he added.

JI chief Sirajul Haq said that the government should have addressed the demands of PTI long before the situation got aggravated. Had the government acted on time, the situation would have been different, he remarked. Siraj also questioned the credibility of judicial commissions formed in the past from time to time, saying, they never came up to people’s expectations. The JI chief also challenged PM’s claim that 2013 election was transparent. He expressed disappointment over performance of the election tribunals which did not decide the petitions despite passage of over one year.

He pleaded that the issue should be resolved through negotiations to find a solution which is acceptable to all the stakeholders.  ANP leader Haji Adeel said prime minister had made a good offer to the PTI chief and he should consider it. He added that the government should have made this decision much earlier, but still it was not too late to settle the issue.  While commenting on the speech of the prime minister, former premier Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said the decision should have been made much earlier. He also said that it was up to the PTI and PAT leadership to respond to the proposal of the setting of Supreme Court Commission to investigate the May 2013 elections.  In a statement, the former prime minister said PPP was not the aggrieved party.  Senior PPP leader Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo said that peaceful procession was the democratic right of the people and therefore the government should not stop the Azadi marchers going to Islamabad on August 14.