Expert assessment: Election were fair and transparent, says Asma Jahangir

Published: May 30, 2013
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The military leadership’s decision to follow the democratically elected government was welcome, she said. PHOTO: FILE

The military leadership’s decision to follow the democratically elected government was welcome, she said. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: 

Former Supreme Court Bar association president Asma Jahangir on Wednesday said she hoped that the PPP would be an effective opposition the way PML-N had been in the previous government.

She said the parties needed to work together. The defeated parties should accept the election results as the people’s decision. Foreign observers have also declared the election fair, she said.

She said there might have been some hiccups in the election arrangements, but it was worth appreciating that no other state institution had interfered in the election commission’s affairs. The military leadership’s decision to follow the democratically elected government was welcome, she said.

She rejected a suggestion that there was hostility between the executive and judiciary. Regardless of which government came to power, the judiciary would remain supreme, she said.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 30th, 2013.

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  • Mirza
    May 30, 2013 - 2:55AM

    A very mature and statesman like commentary on the elections. They may not be perfect but they were not totally rigged either. This is a major milestone in our history. It is essential that the two largest parties work together for the betterment of the country not to overthrow the other. ANP, PPP and PTI may have lost but democracy and the voters have won. Let us show respect to people’s verdict they have spoken loud and clear.Recommend

  • MyHeartSpeaks
    May 30, 2013 - 3:19AM

    Imagine, what would be her reaction, if ‘right-wing’ parties had won the majority of seats in elections.. just a thought…

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    May 30, 2013 - 8:15AM

    If you say elections were fair she will immediately react……..No they were rigged & unfair.

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