The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz will stage a dharna outside the Parliament House today to press for the empowerment of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) before the next general elections.
Likeminded political parties – including Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (Likeminded group), Sunni Tehreek, and nationalist parties from Sindh and Balochistan – would also take part in the protest sin-in.
According to media reports, all PML-N lawmakers have reached the federal capital to take part in the sit-in to be led by opposition leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and senior PML-N politician Raja Zafarul Haq. Participants would march up to the main office of ECP.
PML-N Information Secretary Mushahidullah told Daily Express that they would stage dharna at all costs and that it would not be postponed. “The Election Commission is an independent and neutral institution. We will not allow any political party to put pressure on the Election Commission,” he added. “An independent election commission is necessary for free and fair elections.”
Mushahidullah said that the PML-N has invited all political parties to take part in the dharna. The sit-in is aimed at pressuring the government to ensure transparent re-verification of voter lists in Karachi.
Met Office has forecast rain in the federal capital. And Chaudhry Nisar has asked organizers to arrange 1,500 umbrellas for the participants of dharna. A water-proof tent has also been arranged at the site of scheduled sit-in.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 4th, 2013.
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