ISLAMABAD - Minister for Law and Justice Barrister Syed Ali Zafar on Thursday said that it was their pledge to the nation that the caretaker government would utilise all capabilities and resources for ensuring timely elections.

Speaking to mediamen here outside Islamabad High Court, he said foolproof security would be provided at sensitive polling stations for peaceful elections.

On the reports of the interior ministry about sensitive and most sensitive polling stations, security will be provided at the polling stations, he said, adding, it was not possible that a sensitive polling station was left without security so there would be no compromise on security during elections.

He said the government had received an application from National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to include the name of Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz in the exit control list (ECL).

The prime minister constituted a committee including interior minister, minister for information, broadcasting, law and justice and minister for finance to consider the matter, he added.

He said wife of Nawaz Sharif and mother of Maryam Nawaz was ill and in critical condition and both of them were outside the country.

He said if anybody had his name in the ECL, then a decision of the cabinet was required for granting him permission to go abroad. He said in case of Zulfi Bukhari’s visit outside Pakistan it was said that his name was on the ECL and he went abroad.

There was a verdict of Supreme Court and a method defined in the law to put a name on ECL, he said, adding, name of Zulfi was not in the ECL but was in the blacklist. 

He said approval of the cabinet was not required for inclusion or withdrawal of name from the blacklist, adding, preparing blacklist was not a complex process.

Ali Zafar said changes had been made in the bureaucracy at federal and provincial levels and more changes in the bureaucracy would be made to ensure impartial elections.

To a question about demand of a political party for removal of governors, the minister said in case of complaint of interference and influence on the next elections, anybody should be removed if any evidence was found and the Election Commission could also take action in this connection. 

To a question, he said it was mandate of the caretaker government to hold free, fair, impartial and transparent elections. “Under the Articles 19 and 19A, we believe in freedom of expression and freedom of media and we will continue to inform the people on every matter.”

Responding to another question, he said in order to implement order of Islamabad High Court, the institutions took action against property of a media organization, and he had sought information about the case and if any injustice was done then he will stand with the media.

He said as per its mandate, the caretaker government will take steps to raise the standard of living of Fata people, after its merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by undertaking police, judicial and administrative reforms. Institutions will be established in the former Fata areas in a phased manner and in this connection the caretaker government would fulfill its responsibilities, he added.

During the visit to Islamabad High Court, the minister met the office-bearers of Islamabad High Court Bar Association and lawyer community.