“It’s high time that democracy and democratic institutions are strengthened in the country,” Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira said on Wednesday.
Talking to the media, Kaira said that the PPP government planned fair, free and transparent elections in the country.
He said the appointment of a chief election commissioner was made unanimously for the first time in the history of Pakistan after legislation.
The information minister said that a constitutional office had been established for the Election Commission members.
He said that preparation of transparent voter lists was crucial to holding free and fair elections.
Kaira said that the government would also form a caretaker setup in the country with the help of the opposition. He said the government would consult all political parties into confidence about caretaker government whether they were in or out of parliament.
“All these steps have been taken by the PPP under its policy that the people should elect their next government freely,” he added.
Talking about drone attacks, Kaira said they must be stopped.
He said that sectarianism had to be abolished for a prosperous Pakistan. He said the government will not let enemies of Pakistan win.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 23rd, 2012.
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