NA PPP formally announces to boycott Presidential election

Islamabad: Pakistan People’s Party PPP leader Makhdoom Amin Fahim has alleged that advancing of the Presidential polling date amounted to prepoll rigging.

Speaking on a point of order in the National Assembly‚ PPP leader Makhdoom Amin Fahim announced formal boycott of Presidential elections alleging that advancing of the polling date amounted to prepoll rigging.

He acknowledged that PPP and its allies have not the required strength to win the election but they fielded Mian Raza Rabbani to strengthen the democratic process and fulfill constitutional requirements.

Amin Fahim said the date of 30th July is not acceptable and PPP‚ ANP‚ PMLQ and BNPAwami would not take part in the voting.

He was of the view that the Supreme Court unilaterally gave verdict on an application submitted by PMLN leader Raja Zafarul Haq and did not hear Presidential contenders or stakeholders.

PTI leader Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi said they subscribed to the view point of the PPP but do not agree with its strategy.

He said PMLN and its allies have numerical superiority and the opposition was not in a position to get its candidate elected even if there was a unanimous candidate.

He said despite this PTI proposed to PPP to nominate a noncontroversial consensus candidate but PPP unilaterally nominated Mian Raza Rabbani. He said PTI also had the option of boycott but it went for contesting the elections to strengthen democratic traditions.

Responding PMLN leader and Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif said the decision of the PPP regarding boycott of the elections is an afterthought to run from the contest sensing ground realities.

He said he telephoned Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Shah to share names of three Presidential candidates short listed by PMLN and also sensitized him about the possibility of advancing the polling date so that maximum number of members could participate in the election.

He said Syed Khurshid Shah did not express any reservations or raised any objection.

Khawaja Asif said PMLN approached the Supreme Court when its request for advancing the date was rejected by the Election Commission. He said by approaching the apex court the PMLN adopted a constitutional course and there were no bad motives involved.

He said the government has required numbers and its candidate would have won even if elections were to be held on 6th of August.

Khawaja Asif appealed to all parties to participate in the election for the office of the President which is considered to be symbol of unity of the federation. He said they should not create hurdles in the way of a legal and constitutional process.

Makhdoom Amin Fahim stood again to offer that PPP was ready to contest the election if it was held on 6th of August.

Meanwhile,The House adopted a motion allowing the use of Chamber of the National Assembly for polling to the election of the office of the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to be held today Tuesday.

The motion was moved by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad.