Imran responsible for Bhagwandas' rejection of CEC nomination, says Pervaiz Rashid

Published: November 9, 2014
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Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid. PHOTO: NNI

Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid. PHOTO: NNI

LAHORE: Censuring Imran Khan for tainting  the post of the top election officer, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid on Sunday said Justice (retd) Rana Bhagwandas rejected the nomination of the new chief election commissioner (CEC) to evade the PTI chief’s ire.

While addressing the media in Lahore after paying homage to Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Rashid said that even though the reasons for Bhagwandas refusal were unclear, no respectable person would take the post after the way Imran ridiculed  the outgoing CEC.

“All the parties, including Imran Khan, agreed on the appointment of Justice (retd) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim for the post of Chief Election Commissioner during the 2013 general elections but later Imran claimed he was responsible for rigging,” Rashid said lashing out at the PTI chairman.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed Rashid on November 7 to inform and consult various heads of political parties regarding the appointment of the new CEC.

According to an official statement, Rashid on Friday contacted six political parties including Muttahida Qaumi Movement leaders Haider Abbas Rizvi and Babar Ghauri, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Jamaat-e-Islami (Amir Sirajul Haq, National Party Leader Hasil Bazinjo, Awami National Party’s Haji Adeel and Qaumi Watan Party head Aftab Ahmed Sherpao.

But, the feedback that the government has received so far from political parties suggests that none of the proposed names are feasible with at least one party having reservations against the proposed candidate s and Bhagwandas, whose name the government and the Pakistan Peoples Party had both suggested for the vacant post declined the offer.

Shifting his focus to energy projects, Rashid did not reserve his criticism for the ongoing PTI sit-in in the federal capital in this regard either and alleged that the protests damaged the country’s economy.

“PTI’s sit-in would be responsible if there are any delays in the completion of the projects and provision of electricity,” Rashid said referring to government’s efforts to overcome the electricity crisis.

“The sit-ins not only negatively affected the economy but acted as a hindrance in foreign investment,” he added.

“We never ended dialogue, in fact the government started them,” the information minister said referring to the deadlock in negotiations between the PTI and the government.

“I request PTI to resume dialogue again,” he urged.

Further, the information minister condemned the lynching of a Christian couple in Kot Radha Kishan and said the murderers will be brought to justice.

Responding to a question regarding the presence of Islamic State militants in Pakistan, Rashid denied having any knowledge of the footprints of the militant group in the country.

“If any militant group under whatever name tries to create terrorism in the country, they will be dealt in the same way as militants in North Waziristan.”

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Reader Comments (8)

  • oBSERVER
    Nov 9, 2014 - 6:31PM

    Typical begrudging mother in law talk.

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  • The jobless
    Nov 9, 2014 - 9:05PM

    I have been unable to find job in USA/Canada. Thanks to the PTI dharnas.

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  • ObserverUSA
    Nov 9, 2014 - 10:05PM

    Unless he wins, IK would not consider elections fair even if held under his own nominee, Justice (r) Nasir Aslam Zahid.

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  • Parvez
    Nov 9, 2014 - 10:23PM

    By that logic he would be useless as a CEC because he’s easily influenced by a party leader……….Mr Pervaiz rashid, please, please talk sense.

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  • Anon
    Nov 9, 2014 - 10:25PM

    @The jobless: Good! somebody needs to stay in this country…

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  • JD
    Nov 9, 2014 - 11:20PM

    @The jobless:
    Don´t blame the dharnaz for your own incompetence!

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  • King
    Nov 10, 2014 - 9:36AM

    Mr Bhagwandas has served as a judge in various capacities for more than 25 years and he has maintained an immaculate record of honesty and integrity. He was also Chairperson FPSC and he continued his career as an honest servant of the state there.

    He would have made an excellent CEC.

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  • Ishrat Salim
    Nov 10, 2014 - 1:44PM

    It not due to IK, Mr Pervaiz, but being an honest person & man of integrity justice ( R) Rana rejected it because the present EC is not autonomous & independent & the present 4 EC commissions are selected by ANP, JUI (F), PPP & PML N. In such a situation, which sane person will agree to act as CEC, unless his only concern is financial which is Rs 6,00,000 per month aside from perks etc;

    Justice (R) Jilani on the other hand is responsible to agree on the selected 4 Election commissioners in absence of fakhru bhai who was on official trip to India in 2013, so who will agree to justice jillani as CEC ?

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