Change in consensus-based ECP will not be accepted: Opposition leaders

Published: January 16, 2013
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A file photo of Nawaz Sharif during a party meeting.

A file photo of Nawaz Sharif during a party meeting.

RAIWIND: The opposition leaders unanimously decided not to allow any changes in the current Election Commission of Pakistan which was constituted after consensus of all the stakeholders, Express News reported on Wednesday.

The decision was taken during a high-level meeting presided over by Nawaz Sharif at his residence in Raiwind. The meeting was called by Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) to discuss the rapidly evolving political situation in light of the Supreme Court’s order to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf.

Vowing to not let anyone derail the democratic process, the opposition leaders said no unconstitutional step will be tolerated.

The leaders also called for the announcement of election dates immediately.

They further stressed that the interim setup should be made in consultation with all the concerned parties.

On January 15, the apex court ordered arrest of Ashraf in the Rental Power Projects case. Ashraf was accused of receiving kickbacks in the rental power projects and of buying property in London from the money earned through corruption in various scams.

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  • Nawazish Saghir
    Jan 16, 2013 - 5:43PM

    ALLAH bless Nawaz Sharif. He is the only hope for Pakistan.

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  • Noman Hassan
    Jan 16, 2013 - 5:46PM

    Yes, opposition is right. Tahir ul Qadri should not be allowed to take un-constitutional measures.

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  • Omar Ch.
    Jan 16, 2013 - 5:50PM

    Democracy should not be derailed. Tahir ul Qadri wants to derail democracy as per agenda given to him by some international agents against Pakistan. He is using his followers of Minhaj ul Quran for the very purpose. It is tragic. Point of view of opposition parties is right.

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  • Waseem
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:03PM

    Nawaz shareef is the man, the only sensible head out here now. Great stance from the opposition against that canadian national.
    imran khan should decide where he stand? with opposition or with army?Recommend

  • Imran
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:04PM

    Nawaz shareef is the man, the only sensible head out here now. Great stance from the opposition against that canadian national.
    imran khan should decide where he stand? with opposition or with army ?Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:06PM

    What would you do then? Protest and end yourself by public Self-immolation? Go on do it and let’s rejoice publically!

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  • Waseem
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:06PM

    Nawaz shareef is the man, the only sensible head out here now. Great stance from the opposition against that canadian national.
    imran khan should decide where he stands? with opposition or with army?Recommend

  • Stalin
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:11PM

    We shouldn’t let these forces derail the democratic process otherwise we will regret it for the next 10-15 years! Don’t let this opportunity go!!

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  • Vaqas Uddin
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:12PM

    Now PML N and PPP ship is sinking now they are making alliance with ppp to come in the power and face TUQ. No hope Nawaz you should bring back money to Pakistan.

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  • Shahzad
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:12PM

    Nawaz Sharif is the only hope for Pakistan? Trying being sarcastic?

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  • UHS
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:13PM

    @Nawazish Saghir:
    Lol

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  • Liaqat Yousufzai
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:14PM

    No left and right.. right and wrong politics has emerged in Pakistan. All the status quo parties have joined hands.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:15PM

    Landslide victory of PML(N) in by-elections made anti-democracy forces so deperate. that they have come out to destroy whole system. All democratic forces must stand together Recommend

  • dasmir
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:17PM

    During press conference my advice to nawaz Sharif will be to not speak on cue or prompting from his friends around him.It gives impression that he himself is incapable of formulating his opinion and needs prompting/cue/reminder.He should keep these persons about two yards away while addressing people or press.

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  • Sohraab
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:22PM

    INSHALLAH Nawaz Sharif Bros and Zardari Clan will be kicked out of Pakistan..AAMEEN.

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  • Ali
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:27PM

    And NS, you will not be accepted as PM unless you bring all of “your” assets and monies abroad back to Pakistan.

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  • UMSyed
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:30PM

    They further stressed that the interim setup should be made in consultation with all the concerned parties.
    So the consultation between PM & Leader of the Opposition in NA is not sufficient? Is what is being suggested not against the constitution? By the way, Tahir ul Qadri & Imran Khan had also demanded the same. Wonder why PML-N has backtracked on this issue? If demands by Qadri & Khan are unconstituional then PML-N & allies have also made a similar one.

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  • doom
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:31PM

    Quite right. No more heroes or revolutionaries flying in from planet Krypton to come save us, thank you.

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  • Aamer Khawaja
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:37PM

    Like it or not, Nawaz Sharif has really matured over time, a much better approach, good to know that no counter long marches(to disrupt common life) were announced. Imran Khan needs to mature up too & should have been a part of this.

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  • O2
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:38PM

    @Nawazish Saghir:
    he is already in the Government, they are also responsible for all the mess in Pakistan by keeping hused up as an opposition.

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  • Born Political
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:39PM

    Much better response to Qadri than PPP. We have seen IK yesterday and opposition today, I must say, NS is more mature politician.

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  • Mubashir
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:49PM

    @Sohraab:
    They were out of the country for 8 long years.. what Pakistan had achieved then ?

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  • Dr Asif
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:50PM

    Its always said that someone needs to come forward and bring change… and whenever a person ACTUALLY tries to come forward, why do we ALWAYS point fingers and defame that person?
    Guys, do not let people detrack you from what Tahir ul Qadri is saying, don’t just look at his passport and PR card, also open your ears and listen to what he has to say.
    And shame on us sitting at home, while these people are on the streets braving the cold. Really, shame on you all #PTI #PMLN & Specially #JI.

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  • Padishah
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:51PM

    Nawaz Sharif embodies Muk Muka politics practiced by the two largest parties that have jointly and severally exploited the Pakistani masses bringing them to the point of bankruptcy and dissolution. Nawaz Sharif’s reputation of being thick skinned in deciphering people’s outcry brought him such scorn that led common people to distribute sweets when the army overthrew him. He is showing his scorn for the common people again and like Zardari should be shown the door. Pakistan would rejoice with sweets again.

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  • Kal El
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:51PM

    @doom:
    What do you have against Kryptonians? Don’t judge us all for the actions of general Zod!

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  • Optimistic
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:54PM

    These so called opposition has done MUK MUKA with government. They all are just pupits of their lords. So far Mr Qadri has done something good. They all look scared and standing side by side with each other. Mr Qadri has exposed them all and their agenda they discussed in this meeting is half copied by the speech he (Qadri) has given in these days.
    INSHALLAH I am extremely optimistic and convinced about the false and incompetent people they formed in so called Election Commission which has done nothing even voter list is not finalized and verified yet and the time is passed for verification.
    I will be not surprised if Mr Khan will eventually join Mr Qadri for his justice movement.
    Fingers crossed for the coming days.

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  • Jan 16, 2013 - 6:58PM

    which was constituted after consensus

    Wrong! Only the Cheif EC was appointed on concensus, the rest of the EC is still partisan!

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  • Jan 16, 2013 - 6:58PM

    Ohh this is so lame !! In other words he is saying do not try to hurt our muk muka .. its my turn now … That so not going to happen !!

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  • ali
    Jan 16, 2013 - 7:10PM

    Absolutely right. Good thing is that all opposition parties are agreed upon this. Well done Nawaz sharif and all polotical leaders who participated in this meeting.

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  • Mirza
    Jan 16, 2013 - 7:43PM

    Nawaz, one day you will have to face your creator . . . what explanation will you give for all your corruption?
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    Or are you planning to take out another SRO to avoid meeting your creator?

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  • Aijaz Haider
    Jan 16, 2013 - 8:12PM

    There is no doubt that the ECP has good reputation and is consencus-based. No change or dissolution of ECP is acceptable.

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  • Karim
    Jan 16, 2013 - 10:55PM

    LOL Sensible man yeah his sensitivity and sensibleness both starts and ends at sugar mills.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jan 16, 2013 - 11:25PM

    Awwwwww…….Why do I feel that Burnol has run out for All Pakistan Troll Association?! Try soaking yourself in a freezing glacier and say hello to Mian Nawaz Sharif, y’alls next Prime Minister.

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  • Asif
    Jan 16, 2013 - 11:42PM

    He is more responsible for getting Pakistan into this rut than Zardari. If he would not have play a role of Friendly Opposition he would have been able to stop Zardari from selling Pakistan of. They both are defective boards from the same lot. Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jan 17, 2013 - 12:07AM

    Kudos to the opposition for showing maturity and democratic values the history would be proud of you. The democratic process is gaining momentum and the establishment cannot continue to divide and rule. Now that opposition politicians have refused to be used so establishment had to import one. Even IK does not want to follow Qadri to derail the democratic process and postpone the elections. Elections under Justice Ibrahim are the only way to go.

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  • Noor lodi
    Jan 17, 2013 - 12:40AM

    You fool me once, shame on you. You fool me twice shame on me. We the people of Pak are as dumb as its leaders. In fact they may be dumber. PML (N,Q) and PPP have NOT and has NEVER delivered. The new, so called champion of democracy, Mr Shareef, had the unprecedented mandate from the people of Pak. They drove the country bank corrupt. He personally and physically attacked the Supreme Court of Pakistan and tried to bring about the legislative change so that he can become the Ameer-ul-Momineen, hence not removable. His economic policies were giving away people’s money in terms of yellow cabs and it was a complete failure and a sham. ‘We’ the people of Pakistan are dumber then ever to keep electing these inept corrupt people people. IKL has a great track record. He is honest and he is going to deliver. For God sake, for the sake of your childrens future, elect him. You have given everyone multiple chances and they have all failed without exception. Won’t you give ONE chance to IKL?

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  • Stingingnettle
    Jan 17, 2013 - 2:36AM

    ECP is not supposed to be consensus-based; it has to be completely independent of any political influence. Not too hard to understand, is it Nawaz?

    A consensus of thieves will only protect thieves.

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  • sabi
    Jan 17, 2013 - 3:53AM

    @Mirza:
    “Kudos to the opposition for showing maturity and democratic values the history would be proud of you.”
    You have two contradictory posts here or there is another person with same name? or?

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  • Bill
    Jan 17, 2013 - 11:27AM

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    We are hugely suffering because of Mr. Sharif incompetent opposition, which cause greater damage to the country. Mr. ishaq Dar press conference after becoming finance minster post greatest thread to Pakistan’s Economy. Mr. Sharif provided the room to people like Qadri, hence Mr. sharif need to blamed for..after taking merely 2% votes..They are rulling us please do review statistics available on ECP website and Tax data where your premer leader never pay tax..Sub Choor hain…Agend of Qadri is appealing to masses because they are fighing for bread and survival every day. Mera aur apka tu shahid pait barahua hai...
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