Free, fair elections to be conducted: Khursheed Shah

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Religious Affairs, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah said Wednesday that all the political parties including Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) wanted free, fair and transparent elections and all out efforts would be made to achieve the objectives. Talking to a private television channel, he said the PPP-led government had strengthened the Election Commission (EC) and awarded it unprecedented autonomy to maintain impartiality. He added that the appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC)was held after consensus of the all political parties, which was hallmark of the PPP government to ensure free and fair elections.

The Minister said that the caretaker government will be formed after completion of five-year constitutional term of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)government in the mid of March 2013.

He clarified that the interim setup will be established only to hold general elections within two months.

Khursheed Shah said that the neutral caretaker setup would be announced after consultation with the opposition to ensure free and fair elections under in independent Election Commission.

He said that everyone have right to protest in democracy, but we would not allow anyone to damage human life and properties.

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