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PML-N takes to streets to 'strengthen' ECP

04 February, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Opposition party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will stage a sit-in in front of the Parliament House and then launch a march towards the Election Commission of Pakistan (PML-N). The sit-in will be held as per schedule, party's Central Information Secretary Mushahidullah Khan announced on Sunday.

The PML-N had announced staging of a sit-in in front of parliament last month when opposition leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan resolved to strengthen the ECP.

The sources in PML-N told our sources on Sunday that the party has reservations, especially on the inability of the ECP on Karachi issue where delimitation of constituencies and verification of voter lists, as ordered by the Supreme Court, is not being done.

"A particular party in Karachi is trying to assert influence on the ECP to prevent it from carrying out the delimitation of constituencies and verification of voter lists," the sources claimed. They said that if the ECP was pressurised and any compromise was made, it would put in doubt the credibility and impartiality of the upcoming general elections, which need to be fair and free to sustain democratic system in the country.

According to the party announcement, it will start the march from the Parliament House to go to the ECP to support the body with regards to the orders of Supreme Court. Mushahidullah Khan said that the party would hold a sit-in at all costs and no hurdle would be tolerated in its way. He said that the supporters of PML-N and other parties from Karachi have also arrived in the federal capital to join the sit-in.

Although some parties have supported the sit-in of PML-N, some major political players in the opposition have refused to be part of it.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and JUI-F have publicly announced that they would not participate in the sit-in by the PML-N. However, the Jamaat-e-Islami, PML-Functional and some Sindhi nationalist parties have extended their support to the sit-in, and their leaders and workers are likely to join it.

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