ISLAMABAD: Advisor to the Prime Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Dr Babar Awan on Saturday invited the opposition to dialogue on comprehensive electoral and institutional reforms. “The government wants dialogue with the opposition on political stabilization and democracy, for the provision of speedy justice, comprehensive elections, institutional and judicial reform and the right to elect Pakistani citizens abroad,” Awan said in an interview on Saturday. In a special talk with The News / Jang, Awan when revealing the dialogue agenda with the opposition said transparency in the electoral process was necessary. He said the government aims to carry out electoral reforms that can eliminate money interference in the Senate elections. He said the Senate election had been a joke and the government wanted to carry out electoral reforms that strengthen public confidence in democratic institutions. He said the government aims to introduce the law in its upcoming NA sessions, starting from Monday (March 29), to bring transparency in Senate elections.
“We are asking the opposition to come into dialogue with the government for the pending passing of the law and the government to introduce the bill and we are ready to accept the opposition’s suggestions for revision of the bill,” he said. He said the right to vote for Pakistanis abroad and e-voting would strengthen the political and democratic system. Providing speedy justice is the government’s top priority and for that the government submits a bill on judicial reform. “Likewise, we are working on the creation of a law for institutional reform, whereby decisions at the bureaucratic level will be made without unnecessary delay to resolve societal problems,” he said.
Responding to a question, he said the PPP had a stance to strengthen the democratic and parliamentary system through parliament and must now come forward to cooperate on laws. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan wanted initial legislation in parliament and in this case, all ministries and divisions had been activated.