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Cloud invites Opp to have a dialogue | Instant News

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.


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Government serious about working with Opp on electoral reform: Fawad | Instant News

ISLAMABAD – Science and Technology Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said Wednesday that the government is willing to cooperate with the opposition on electoral reform in a serious way.

Speaking to the media, the science and technology minister urged the opposition to support the ruling party for electoral reforms. He said that PML-N politics paid the price for his childish decisions. He said because of individual decision-making, one party had confined itself to eight Sindh districts while the second restricted itself to Punjab.

If the apex court pays attention to Sarina Issa’s petition, she will submit her reply to the Supreme Court, said Fawad Chaudhry. He said that it was very pleasing and positive that Maryam Nawaz was pursuing the legal path. He added that in his last performance before NAB, Maryam Nawaz threw stones at NAB.

He said the opposition used to comment before that the Prime Minister was not taking the initiative and now that Prime Minister Imran Khan has shown his seriousness about electoral reform, the opposition is showing the least interest. He said electoral reform was a serious problem; But the opposition did not take part in the Election Reform Committee meeting, which was held yesterday with the chairman of the National Assembly as chair.

The minister said that the opposition must show seriousness and take advantage of this opportunity.

Responding to PPP, he said Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had changed the Imam. He added that previously Maulana Fazlur Rehman was Imam Bilawal Bhutto and the new Imam Sarajaul Haq.

Commenting on Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s rhetoric about the corona vaccine, Fawad Chaudhry stated that the vaccine is not a fraud or corona, but Maulana Fazlur Rehman is a fraud.

Welcoming the ruling given by the Islamabad High Court on the election of the Senate Chair, he said the court had announced a decision on the application submitted by the Opposition.

Meanwhile, at the signing of the MoU between PEC and Chinese University Shinzua, Minister of Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry said that this agreement was signed to take advantage of Chinese technology. Bilateral cooperation between China and Pakistan takes place in various sectors. He said that Shinzua University is one of the top-ranking universities in China.

Universities play a very important role in transforming the economies of various countries. The university will build its laboratory in Pakistan, said Fawad Chaudhry. He said that Big Data is a market worth 49 billion dollars, he added

Commenting on the increasing market for electric vehicles, he said that in 2020 there were only 2.2 million electric vehicles which would increase to 20 million in 2021.

He also suggested that opposition parties adopt parliamentary forums to discuss issues of public interest.


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PM Imran Khan emphasized electoral reforms in a letter to NA Chairman Asad Qaiser | Instant News

Prime Minister Imran Khan (left) and National Assembly Chairman Asad Qaiser. – PID / File

In a letter to National Assembly Chairman Asad Qaiser on Wednesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan asked him to form an inter-party parliamentary committee to discuss electoral reform and bring transparency to elections.

The prime minister, in a letter written to the speaker, said the recent elections had highlighted “once again the specter of vote buying in a non-transparent way of conducting elections”.

The prime minister, in the letter, highlighted that the treasurer has submitted a bill for “meaningful electoral reforms to remove the stigma attached to our electoral process”.

“I would ask you to immediately form an inter-party parliamentary committee to discuss these reforms and reach an agreement on how to introduce best practices including the use of technology and the introduction of EVMs (electronic voting machines) to strengthen our electoral system and democracy,” he said.

The prime minister said the task had to be completed within a definite time frame so that enough time was given to the agencies concerned to carry out reforms before the next general election.

“In the context of the Senate, my party and I are asking for an open ballot to ensure transparency and fairness given how the Senate election has achieved fame as a major market for vote buying,” he said.

The prime minister highlighted that the government has moved the Supreme Court in this matter and the court directed the General Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to ensure transparent, fair and free elections and stated that the confidentiality of ballots is not absolute ”.

“Unfortunately, the ECP ignored the Security Council’s decision and failed to carry out fair and free Senate elections,” he complained.

“The sluggishness of our prevailing electoral system including but not limited to the free flow of money to buy votes has been the target of criticism after all the elections with the losing party claiming the results were rigged,” he said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said the practice was starting to destroy the entire “credibility of all elections in Pakistan” which cast a shadow of doubt over our entire democratic process as well as the functioning of our parliamentary system.

“It is in the interests of democracy in Pakistan to build a credible and transparent electoral system and end all possible venues for corrupt practices that erode our parliamentary democracy,” the prime minister said.


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PM Imran Khan strives for election transparency: Dr Firdous | Instant News

LAHORE – The whole world has watched the horse trade by political traders and the video further exposes the corrupt secret cabal. This was conveyed by the CM’s Special Assistant for Information, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, in his statement on Wednesday. SACM said that the Opposition’s political design had been poorly exposed. He regretted that the elements involved in the horse trade did not embarrass their mistakes. “The so-called heir to the throne of Jati Umra and Tuan 10 percent has violated all democratic values ​​and morals and the nation will never tolerate any stain on democracy. AFTERNOON Imran Khan fully committed to ensuring transparency in every election and the nation firmly supports the narrative of PTI while the narrative of corrupt elements has met a natural death, “continued SACM.


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Election reform is part of the PTI manifesto: Aleem | Instant News

LAHORE: Senior Punjab Minister Abdul Aleem Khan said that the government will win all its seats according to the part in the Senate elections.

He said electoral reforms were part of the PTI manifesto and Prime Minister Imran Khan would not withdraw any action in this regard. Speaking about Senate elections and electoral reform, Punjab Senior Minister Abdul Aleem Khan said that for transparency, options such as “raise hands” and “open voting” are a must. He said this option must be used so that there is no buying and selling of votes. The opposition must also support the government on this issue, he added. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan had made good faith progress towards making Senate elections transparent and in the past action was being taken against PTI members as well. Abdul Aleem Khan pointed out that Imran Khan never received any kind of pressure.

The provincial senior minister said it was a pity not to support the government just because of political opposition. He asked the opposition parties not to miss this opportunity because it would improve the electoral system. If the country’s electoral process was strong, no one would blame anyone for cheating. Abdul Aleem Khan said the prime minister wanted to present a clean and transparent system in every sector of the country, and to this end he had taken some practical steps in the last two and a half years. He said that while the ruling party did not have a two-thirds majority, it had done its job and made progress to address weaknesses in the electoral system. All political parties must support the government and advance without hesitation, he said.

Meanwhile, as per the chief minister’s direction, the Punjab government has decided to set up 309 Ramadan markets in the province during the holy month to provide maximum assistance to ordinary people.

The decision was taken at a committee meeting preparing the Ramadhan Package recommendations, in Jakarta, Thursday. Punjab Senior Minister for Food Abdul Aleem Khan participated via video link while Minister of Industry Mian Aslam Iqbal, Minister of Agriculture Hussain Jahanian Gardezi, chief secretary, administrative secretaries of various departments including agriculture, industry, livestock, food, food director, director of public relations and commissioner Punjab sticks attend meeting in head secretary office. The meeting reviewed various proposals related to prices for essential commodities and the provision of subsidies. The recommendations being prepared by the committee for the Ramadan Package will be presented before the Punjab Cabinet for final approval.

Speaking at the meeting, Abdul Aleem Khan said that the Punjab government has taken all possible steps to normalize the situation of wheat and flour across the province and the Prime Minister’s initiative to import wheat proved decisive in this regard. He said all necessary arrangements would also be made ahead of the holy month and flour would be provided at the Ramazan market at a lower price than the set price. Mian Aslam Iqbal said steps are being taken to provide maximum assistance to ordinary people in the holy month and 309 Ramzan markets will be set up in the province from the 25th of Shaban. Hussain Jahanian Gardezi said that flour, sugar, vegetables will be available at a discount under the Ramadan Package, adding that the Ministry of Agriculture will set up shops at reasonable prices in the Ramadan market.


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