LAHORE - The Hameed Nizami Press Institute of Pakistan organised a seminar on ‘Timely Elections 2018 – Status and Possibilities’ at the HNPIP auditorium on Wednesday.

Former National Assembly speaker Syed Fakhar Imam chaired the sitting while PTI’s Andleeb Abbas, Rana Muhammad Arshad and PPP’s Aamir Hasan were speakers. HNPIP Director Absar Abdul Ali was the moderator.

The PML-N and the PPP wanted timely election while the PTI raised the demand for early polls.

Syed Fakhar Imam said that he feared that elections could be delayed as the institutions were doing delimitations. He said that without proper legislation, elections could not be delayed. He said that it was government responsibility to conduct elections on time. He also questioned why the government didn’t organise debate on such issues in the parliament.

He said that there was Rs52b imports against Rs19 billion exports that was a serious matter of concern. He called for the prime minister’s appearance in the parliament sessions.  He said honest people could strengthen the democratic institutions.

PPP’s Aamir Hasan said that the parliament was an institution which reflected a collective wisdom. He said in presence of it there was no need to conduct all party conferences.

He said his party wanted timely elections. “We want supremacy of parliament; he N league tried to accommodate its chief Mian Nawaz Sharif ousted by the Supreme Court even by changing the constitution. We want strong institutions. Now, new players have not only showed up but also played their cards in the emerging situation.

 Andleeb Abbas said his party wanted free and fair elections. “We have forwarded our demands for holding fair election. We want early elections as  government completely failed to deliver,” she added.  The country is on the verge of bankruptcy while the leadership is busy with saving their rule.

Rana Arshad said that Dr Majid Nizami’s role in Pakistan movement would be written in golden words. He said that it was first time in history that an elected PM Nawaz Sharif presented himself in front of the JIT. He said that the PMLN believed in supremacy of law and judiciary.

We want timely election. In past mandate was maneuvered. PPP is leading party in Sindh, he said but it was criticizing the government. Timely election is spirit of democracy not early elections.