No walkover for Imran in parliament

Published: August 2, 2018
PPP senior leader Sherry Rehman along with other party leadership speaks to the media in Islamabad. EXPRESS SCREENGRAB

PPP senior leader Sherry Rehman along with other party leadership speaks to the media in Islamabad. EXPRESS SCREENGRAB

ISLAMABAD: The All Parties Conference (APC) in its second meeting on Thursday failed to evolve any joint strategy v is-à-vis alleged rigging and formed a 16-member committee to come up with a future course of action in the next 48 hours.

It is the second consecutive such meeting that has failed to forge any unified strategy due to internal differences on the mode and manner of the blueprint.

The previous session of the huddle convened by the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) on July 27 also faced a similar situation as the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) not only avoided the moot but also opposed boycotting the assemblies.

Apart from the PML-N and the PPP, smaller political groups including the Awami National Party (ANP), the MMA, the National Party, Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) and the Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) attended the huddle.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan did not participate this time after joining hands with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

On Thursday, at speaker’s residence the meeting ended within two hours and first former information minister of PML-N Marriyum Aurangzeb came out with a list of 16 committee members — three each from major political parties and two each from smaller parties.

Opposition to devise joint strategy in second APC

She said the committee will finalise its terms of reference (ToRs) soon and it would chalk out a strategy against the “historic rigging” and protest inside and outside parliament.

“It is our luck that we will have the opportunity to tell the PTI how a democratic and sane opposition functions in and outside parliament,” she said adding that it had been decided to sit in the house instead of boycotting the assemblies.

“We will not give walkover to the PTI but instead give them a run for their money,” said Aurangzeb.

Later, Senator Sherry Rehman, flanked by PML-N, MMA, Jamaat-e-Islami and other politicians, addressed a brief press conference stating that it had been agreed to have a joint strategy against the ‘fake elections’ and raise the issue in parliament and outside the ECP.

She said the APC had agreed that they would support a joint candidate for the PML-N’s nominee as prime minister in the National Assembly, speaker from the PPP and deputy speaker from the MMA.

What happened on the Election Day?

“We will raise our voice at every forum against the rigged election in which one party was the beneficiary of the wrongdoing,” she stated.

ANP’s Mian Iftikhar Hussain said they would go for the formation of a government and were proactive and in offensive mode.

JI’s Liaquat Baloch added that there were two opinions about the strategy in which one was to completely boycott the assemblies and second was to use the democratic way of staying in the house and raise voice.

“We have opted for the second option to raise voice against the election in which both the winner as well as loser is embarrassed,” he concluded.

PML-N’s Ahsan Iqbal said it is for the first time in the country’s history that all parties were on the same page and rejected the elections as “fake and rigged.”

The APC will meet on Friday to finalise the ToRs for the committee and then come up with a protest and candidates’ name to be fielded in the assemblies at the Centre and in Punjab.

Later, the PTI issued a press statement welcoming APC’s move to enter the assemblies and stated that it had already announced that all objections related to elections would be addressed.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Urban behavior
    Aug 2, 2018 - 8:48PM

    The next elections will be after five years anyways and the fine imposed is very small,so in other words he has not been punished.Recommend

  • Salman Hasan
    Aug 2, 2018 - 9:14PM

    This whole group is completely out of line and confused about the election results. Here is what is startling for PPP, PML-N, JUI-F, JI etc.:

    Chielf Election Commissioner was appointed by PML-N and PPP as a consensus candidate.
    RTS system was introduced by PML-N government.
    For last 10 years same Election Commission was great for PPP and PML-N as long as they were winning.

    All I see is a group of sore losers who are finding any excuses for their humiliating defeat in these elections.Recommend

    Aug 2, 2018 - 9:19PM

    They are now worried how they will survive next five years. Recommend

  • Thora Bora
    Aug 3, 2018 - 6:28AM

    The APC should establish a mini govt of loosers inside parliament and should play without making noice till the PTI start nabbing the real Mafia.Recommend

  • Zahra Mahmood
    Aug 3, 2018 - 8:08AM

    The wounded come together to lick their wounds. This is just a “bold” show and will blow over after each and everyone gets questioned arrested and sentenced in a row. Most of them have inquiries in August, 2018. The only thing troubling them is all of their money laundering/corruptions are going to be aired to the public and they won’t even have a mouse hole to crawl through anymore. Despicable attempt to get 15 minutes of fame.Recommend

  • ABC
    Aug 3, 2018 - 8:51AM

    Its the opportunity for Shahbaz to drag zardari on the streets. Why he is not doing that? Recommend

  • chandran
    Aug 3, 2018 - 11:15AM

    Our pm modi start calling imran kaan saab as Prime minister Imran khaan saab
    so the issue is already over.Recommend

  • Anon
    Aug 3, 2018 - 12:15PM

    Its so so sad how these parties instead of collectively working for Pakistan will continue this fight. Really sad. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 3, 2018 - 2:30PM

    ….and there are various TV clips of PPP leaders including Mr. Zardari loudly claiming that PPP and PML-N can NEVER sit together…..politics and especially our politicians are not to be trusted.Recommend

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