ISLAMABAD / LAHORE: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Wednesday that Pakistan’s General Election Commission (ECP) had failed to hold transparent elections. He expressed this view during a speech at a press conference that was hastily held with other ministers. He said they had approached the Supreme Court for guidance and accepted the Supreme Court’s decision with an open heart.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Prime Minister Imran Khan had decided to seek a vote of confidence from the National Assembly, describing Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani’s victory in the Senate general seat of the federal capital as a negation of democracy. PTI has unanimously decided that Prime Minister Imran Khan will seek a vote of confidence from the National Assembly, Qureshi said during a speech at a joint press conference with federal minister Shafqat Mehmood, Asad Umar, Shireen Mazari, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, Hammad Azhar , and others. He said the victory of Gilani, a candidate from the Parliament of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPPP), also supported Prime Minister Imran Khan’s concerns about corrupt practices in the Senate elections.
For inquiries, he said the prime minister was encouraged to listen to PTI members; if the members are angry, then they will go openly as did some members in Sindh.
On the other hand, calling former prime minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani’s victory in the Senate election from Islamabad a historic victory for the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), Chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Pakistan Muslim League- Vice President Nawaz (PML-N ) Maryam Nawaz, President of Pakistani Democrats (PDM) Maulana Fazlur Rehman and others demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan and asked him to leave the PM House.
“PDM won votes from Pakistan assembly members. They say that Imran Khan is a great sportsman, and in sport you suffer an honorable and dishonorable defeat, so I don’t think Imran Khan should make such a tantrum, “said the chairman of the PPP during a joint press conference with Senator-elect Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani. at the Zardari House, Islamabad, on Wednesday.
Bilawal said Pakistanis understand that the burden they are carrying today, in the form of electricity, electricity bills and essential commodities, is due to Imran Khan’s incompetence. “Our goal now is for the puppet government to return home so that people can get help. Until now, this government has only tortured the people, ”he said.
He said Prime Minister Imran Khan must now resign with respect because not only the people of Pakistan but his own members have left him. Bilawal said that this is a new era in Pakistan’s democratic journey. “I will meet Opposition Leader Mian Shahbaz Sharif as well,” he said.
He said this election is not just about one seat because the whole of Pakistan has chosen this seat. “Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani was elected chairman of the DPR and prime minister and after today, God willing, will be elected chairman of the senate.”
He said Imran Khan must now resign because of his failed economic policies and the PTI had been rejected by the National Assembly. “We will decide for ourselves when to use the no-confidence vote option,” he said.
Responding to questions regarding the next steps to be taken, Bilawal said he would decide everything together at PDM. Responding to other questions about the neutrality of the stance, according to him, the most important thing is that we win. He said the PDM won through the votes of Pakistan’s assemblymen.
The PPP chairman said that if you are not on the battlefield to start with, winning is not a problem. “I thank PDM and thank my party members who have supported us, and have succeeded in doing so. We want the supremacy of democracy and each institution to do its own job. When the institution will do other work, there will be problems, “he said.
Regarding the resignation, he said the entire PDM had agreed that they would give the party leadership the resignation of all its members before the start of this year and they had done that. “We have been fighting over the elections together and we will unite in the future too,” he said.
He said the PPP knows that elections are rigged and we know that losing and winning are part of that, but we also need to have an equal playing field for everyone. “We believe that if there is a playing field, the Pakistani people can elect representatives who can solve their problems,” he said.
He said, “If on the night before the election your opponents tried to disqualify your candidate, you would expect their defeat to be seen by their desperate efforts because they are masters of propaganda.”
Bilawal Bhutto said that Shah Mahmood Qureshi was a senior politician but he cried like a child. “Instead of crying and showing doubt, Qureshi should advise Imran Khan to step down,” he said.
Former Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said he was grateful to PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari as well as PDM leaders, including PML-N Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Akhtar Mengal, Maryam Nawaz, and ANP leadership, among others. He said this was a democratic victory. “The seat of Islamabad is the most important seat in the Senate elections and everyone is watching it,” he said.
Earlier, shortly after the announcement of Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani’s election as senator from Islamabad, the PPP chairman tweeted that “Democracy is the best revenge”. Later, PPP Chairman Bilawal said Wednesday that Prime Minister Imran Khan had promised to dissolve the assembly if he lost the seat of the Islamabad Senate. “He is missing. We won,” he said in a tweet from his Twitter account on Wednesday evening. Bilawal said now what is stopping him. “Is Kaptaaan afraid of the election,” he asked.
In addition, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz demanded Prime Minister Imran Khan to step down as Chairman of the DPR in the National Assembly.
“You have no more reason to continue the occupation of the Prime Minister’s House. Vote Chorr Chor Chair (Vote thief leaving chair), ”said Maryam Nawaz in her immediate reaction on twitter. Maryam said the people’s representatives had reclaimed the false mandate. “The people themselves, although not succumbing to pressure, refuse to vote for criminals, vote thieves, sugar thieves, electricity thieves and atta thieves,” he said. “Good job both the members of the government and the opposition,” he said.
The PML-N leader, while thanking Allah SWT with his blessings, the PDM enjoyed victory in the important seat of Islamabad, saying it was also a victory for Nawaz Sharif’s narrative. He said the Daska people were seeking revenge for the fraudulent elections in 2018 while public representatives, who sat in the National Assembly, resolved to lose the Senate chairman’s election. Maryam said PML-N MNA not only stood beside Nawaz Sharif but also made him proud.
On the other hand, Pakistan Democratic Movement President Maulana Fazlur Rehman, speaking to reporters, said that Imran Khan must now admit that he has lost a majority in the National Assembly. He demanded the dissolution of the assembly and said the country must move towards new elections. “There is no justification for Imran Khan to stay in power and have to admit that the assembly is dissolved,” he said. He claims that Imran Khan himself wasted his vote and it was included in the rejected ballot. “How can someone who doesn’t know how to vote run the country?” He asked.
Regarding the question, Maulana Fazlur Rehman who was flanked by Bilawal Bhutto and Yusuf Raza Gilani asked Imran Khan to immediately resign as Prime Minister. “There is no need to seek a vote of confidence from the National Assembly because he has already lost his majority in the DPR,” he said, adding that time was running out on a vote of confidence.
Fazlur Rehman said soon the PDM leadership would hold a meeting of party heads to finalize future action plans, adding that they demanded new elections.
Ahsan Iqbal, who was also present at the occasion, said that winning the Senate seat from Islamabad was the first major step towards true democracy that the opposition is fighting for.
Against the question, Ahsan Iqbal said that Prime Minister Imran Khan himself fell victim to the Ali Haider Gilani formula in which he told the MNA how to dispose of the ballot paper. “Prime Minister Imran Khan himself fell victim to the Ali Gilani formula,” he said.
Bilawal Bhutto accompanied by Gilani visited Maulana Fazlur Rehman at his residence to thank him for his support in the Senate elections.
Earlier, security staff prevented Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Gilani from meeting with opposition leader Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif at his residence in the Minister’s Enclave. Shahbaz Sharif’s residence has been declared a sub-prison.
Meanwhile, PPPP Secretary General Farhatullah Babar on Wednesday accepted his defeat in the Senate election from KP from where he was competing as a joint PDM candidate and said he had lost the Senate election but winning and losing were part of the electoral process and there were no complaints or grievances against anyone. “I wish good luck to everyone who won the election contest against me in this province. I believe that those who choose the potential winners in KP do so on their own accord and on the call of their conscience, ”he said while speaking to The News, Wednesday.
Farhatullah Babar hopes that PTI will also receive Yusuf Raza Gilani’s winning welcome in Islamabad as an expression of free will and the conscience of the voters and not to blame any ulterior motives on those who voted for Gilani.
Meanwhile, PML-N Punjab spokesperson Azma Bukhari, responding to Firdous Ashiq Awan’s statement issued in Jakarta on Wednesday, said that the Supreme Court and the Election Commission had thwarted all intentions of the elected Prime Minister Imran Khan. He asked Firdous Ashiq Awan to focus on his work and never make big statements. Rebellion is going on in PTI and Firdous Ashiq Awan spoke about PDM, he said and stated that some political dwarves were trying to increase their status by criticizing Maryam Nawaz. He said Maryam’s growing popularity was seen as an alarm for the Imrani gang.