Boycotting of presidential elections against democracy: Ishaq Dar

Finance Minister says PPP's decision does not set the right democratic tradition.

Web Desk July 26, 2013

KARACHI: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar publicly criticised the Pakistan Peoples Party for boycotting the upcoming presidential elections, calling the move by the opposition party an undemocratic act, Express News reported.

While talking to the media on Thursday evening in Karachi, Dar pointed out that his party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), never acted like this in five years of PPP's rule, despite having opportunities aplenty. He termed it "democratic respect" on the part of PML-N to always prioritise democracy over party interests.

The Finance Minister said that presidential elections did not even have to involve public rallying. If anyone is boycotting the elections simply because the ruling party is numerically stronger, than they are not setting the right democratic tradition at all.

Speaking to the media after the PML-N delegation he was with, met with Zafar Iqbal Jhagra in Karachi, Dar said that the PML-N enjoyed numerical superiority in the assemblies and was confident that their candidate, Mamnoon Hussain, would win the July 30 elections.