PML-N has full confidence in ECP
25 February, 2013
LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif has said that his party has full confidence in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
Talking to the media in Lahore on Sunday, the party chief said that articles 62 and 63 of the constitution should be followed in the country. He said that all those desirous of party tickets were being scrutinised under the two articles. "More than half of the scrutiny will be done through forms, while the rest will be carried out by the ECP," he said.
He said that implementation of the two articles in the forthcoming election was necessary to bring real representatives of the people to the parliament.
To a question relating to the change of political loyalties, he said that the PML-N was not luring anyone; instead the people "fed up with the PPP" were joining his party.
Nawaz said that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement's (MQM) decision to part ways with the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) government in Sindh just 15 days before the caretaker set-up could be a drama.
He said that the two parties could be 'having a fight' because the provincial assemblies were about to be dissolved and a caretaker chief minister was to be elected by the government – the PPP – and the opposition, now led by the MQM.
"Why didn't the MQM leave the government three or four years ago? Why just 15 days prior to dissolution of assemblies?" he questioned.
Nawaz said that everyone was aware of public opinion regarding the MQM's exit from the government and everything would be clear once the government and the opposition sit together for talks on a caretaker set-up.
The PML-N leader said that the PPP and the MQM celebrated together when the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) was passed, but the PPP celebrated again when the ordinance was repealed.
The SPLGA had been a bone of contention between the PPP-led coalition government and various nationalist groups in Sindh.
The government repealed the act on February 21, after which the MQM held protests and quit the coalition government.
To a query regarding repealing SPLAG, Nawaz said that the PPP should stop plying pharisaical politics.
Explaining his party's role in the election of the prime minister, he clarified that the votes were not given for the love of PPP, but for the country. He said the PPP could have done a lot in the past five years but regretted that if failed to do anything for the masses and the country.