ISLAMABAD - Qoumi Watan Party chief Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao said that instead of holding demonstrations and protests, Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf (PTI) should come up with concrete proposals and suggestions for electoral reforms in the 33-member Parliamentary Committee constituted for the purpose.

Talking to The Nation on Sunday, Sherpao, a veteran politician, said that the government seemed inclined to introduce electoral reforms and to plug lacuna in it so that the political forces could come forward with their suggestions to remove anomalies in the system and avoid wasting this opportunity by making the whole exercise controversial.

To a question, Sherpao said that PTI Chairman Imran Khan seemed confused in his targets as on one hand his party had given nominations in the 33-member Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms and on the other hand he was holding protest march against the government on the same count.

To another question, he said that actually Imran and his party were trying to cover up their complete failure in running the affairs of Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa government in a efficient manner and that was the reason he has no clear-cut agenda and demands.

Earlier Imran was asking for verification of cast votes in four constituencies through thumb impressions but later he jumped to a demand of audit of whole elections, the demand seemed quite unreasonable, he remarked.

He said that when the government has shown intension of bringing reforms in the existing electoral system, the political parties should avail this opportunity and come up with concrete and prudent proposals and amendments to effectively check rigging in all the future elections.

He said that the future elections should be held on the biometric system and the thumb impressions should be made mandatory for the voters.

About the fallout of the upcoming protest march of Imran Khan on August 14, Sherpao downplayed it and said that in the past too many political parties had staged protest marches and sit-ins but could not result in the fall of governments.

He said that the strong reaction shown by the government had given the planned march by PTI much hype and advised the ruling party that instead of getting panicked it should handle the issue with patience.

To another question, Sherpao said that the protest demonstration by the PTI would put the administration and law enforcement agencies under tremendous pressure because after the launch of military operation in South Waziristan the chances of Taliban's retaliation is very much there. The militants may not strike the rally due to extra-ordinary security measures the government would definitely be taking for the rally in Federal Capital they could strike somewhere else taking advantage of law enforcement agencies engagements here.

Aftab Sherpao grilled the Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa government for allegedly doing nothing for the IDPs of North Waziristan and said that instead of engaging in blame game the KPK government must take some concrete steps for the people displaced from their homes.

He said that the Armed Forces of the country had made some major achievement by flushing the militants out from North Waziristan, but this success would go waste in case the government would not effectively manage the IDPs in camps.

He suggested that instead of locking horns on non-issues and blaming each other for plight of IDPs, the Federal and KPK governments must join hands in providing the IDPs with maximum facilities in the camps so that the achievements in the battlefield could not turn into the defeat in shape of mismanagement of IDPs.