Overseas Pakistanis should get voting rights: CJ

Chief Justice Chaudhry remarks Pakistanis living abroad should be provided with postal ballot.

Web Desk October 30, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Overseas Pakistanis should be given the right to vote, said Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Tuesday.

During the hearing of a case related to bogus voter lists, the chief justice said non-resident Pakistanis are a vital source of foreign income.

Chief Justice Chaudhry remarked that Pakistanis living abroad should be provided with postal ballot.

Earlier, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) decided against providing voting facilities to overseas Pakistanis for the upcoming general elections.

The commission was considering giving voting rights to more than 4 million Pakistanis who are settled in different countries around the world but decided not to.

The reason for this decision, according to ECP, was that making arrangements for providing voting facilities to so many people abroad would be an impossible task in such a short time as general elections were not far away.

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Shahrukh Azeem | 8 years ago | Reply

Overseas Pakistanis welcome this statement of honorable Chief Justice and all credit goes to MQM quid Altaf Hussain for unshaken stand on this issue.

SDMoosaNaqvi | 8 years ago | Reply

Appreciate the step taken by the Chief Justice Of Pakistan and this is the only efforts of Mr.Altaf Hussain founder & leader Of MQM, Who is always with the rights of everyone. In surveillance of Mr.Altaf Hussain & the efforts shown by Dr.Farooq Sattar and Other MQM think tank made this possible to happen for Overseas Pakistani to vote otherwise ''en 65 years main enn k saro pr jun tk nahe rengte''

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