SC to decide fate of next elections: Rashid

Lahore – Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid said on Saturday the Supreme Court will take decision on next elections.

Addressing an all-party conference organised by Lahore High Court Bar Association, he said political situation will start ‘changing after December 11’. He was of the opinion that every politician is a product of martial law.

“Three months are quite important for the politics,” he siad, adding that the rulers have taken loans worth billions of rupees.

Rasheed remarked: “Investors stealing electricity worth Rs200 billion from the country.”

The same people who were with Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, sided with Musharraf, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid and now they are ministers for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, he claimed. The APC participants declared that they were against dictatorship and would resist any undemocratic steps in the country.

The moot discussed the current situation and the future of democracy in Pakistan and attended by representatives of main political parties, adopted a declaration also condemning US President Donald Trump’s decision to accept Jerusalem as capital of Israel instead of Palestine and announced defeating all nefarious designs in that regard.

The APC statement also condemned criticism of superior judiciary and said that the judiciary was guarantor for the rule of law and unnecessary criticism should be avoided.

The declaration further demanded that the state should take steps for provision of education, employment and justice to the masses, as guaranteed in the Constitution.

It also demanded for provision of justice to the heirs of the Model Town incident and action against the responsible, besides holding general elections as per new delimitations in accordance with the recent census.

Addressing the conference, Railways Minister Kh Saad Rafique said that he did not agree with former president Pervez Musharraf’s narrative that the Constitution and democracy could be sacrificed for national security. He said that one could criticise the democratic system, which needed reforms.

He made an appeal for saving the country from ‘Talibanisation’, saying that the nation was still facing the effects of the first ‘Talibanisation’ phase. He said that change should take place through vote only, and for the purpose elections were compulsory. But, for holding elections talks with the PML-N governmnet were a prerequisite, lest it might become too late, he added. PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that without eliminating the culture of corruption, the country could not make progress.

Pakistan People’s Party leader Latif Khosa said that any opportunist would not be allowed to derail democracy and politicians could take the country to new heights of dignity and progress through joint efforts.

In his inaugural address, LHCBA President Chaudhry Zulfiqar appreciated the role of judiciary and its judgements. Secretary Amir Saeed Raan said the conference was an attempt to save the country.

The moot was also attended by Pak-Sarzameen Party chief Mustafa Kamal, Pakistan Awami Tehreek leader Khurram Nawaz Gandapur, Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, Ahsan Wyne, Riaz Fatyana, Maulana Musadiq and others.


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