LAHORE: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Saturday once again extended an invitation to the opposition to work with the government on electoral and judicial reforms.
He asked Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, to appoint a focal person for this purpose.
Speaking to media in the city on the occasion of the launch of the clothing brand, he reiterated the government’s position that electronic voting machines (EVMs) would address all allegations of electoral fraud.
He said that he could be tried in the next Azad Jammu and Kashmir elections.
The Minister said that besides bar councils in Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Multan and Lahore, he would soon be demonstrating EVM in Lahore Press Club and National Press Club where elections are held every year.
The government wants better relations with the opposition.
The Information Minister expressed the government’s desire to improve relations with the opposition.
He said that the opposition has an important role to play in the democratic process and the PPP, PML-N should support the government in approving elections and judicial reforms.
Commenting on the turn of events that have further strengthened the relationship between the two parties, he said that PML-N vice-president Maryam Nawaz had “handed over her party to the PPP”, of which the chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in return, more than his party in the PML-N.
“It now looks like both parties are divorced,” he remarked. “They are not out of politics.”
He said the power of 20 million votes in the 2018 general elections brought the PTI to power, adding that Fazlur Rehman could not win that power “even in the next 200 years”.
‘ECP has no objection to use of technology’
Fawad dismissed the notion that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had raised objections to the use of technology, saying it was the government that laid down the rules and regulations while the ECP had to adopt that Adopt technology and give feedback on your profession. cons.
He said a PTI delegation would meet ECP officials on Wednesday and share the government’s policy guidelines on electoral reform.
On the new fiscal year’s budget, Fawad said he predicted “smooth shipping” for the PTI in the federal and provincial budgets, adding that all allied political parties supported the government. Assured and everyone is on the same page.
The Information Minister said that despite the harmful effects of Corona virus, Pakistan’s economy is stabilizing and improving rapidly, which has had a more devastating effect on neighboring countries.
He said that the main objectives of the budget 2021-22 are to increase the development budget in the country, control inflation and increase income as well as provide relief to the salaried class.
Fawad said the government has made great strides in improving the country’s ranking on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), adding that the efforts of Federal Minister Hamad Azhar and the Law Ministry were worthwhile. There are compliments.
When asked about the inquiry and his support, Jahangir Tareen said that the PTI parliamentarians have a personal relationship with Tareen and that is why he should appear with them during the court hearing. have been. “There was nothing unusual about it,” he said.
Fawad replied, “All PTI parliamentarians and Jahangir Khan Tareen believe in the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan and they know that the Prime Minister will not allow any injustice to happen to anyone.”
On Indian propaganda about freedom of the press, the Information Minister said that the press was free in Pakistan, adding that there were currently 112 local and 43 foreign channels operating in the country.
He said that Indian networks were responsible for creating such uncertainty and recently 825 fake websites managed by India were discovered.
The minister claimed that the first world could not be proud of such freedom of the press, saying that one could write about Israel in the Holocaust or in the United Nations in Germany.
“Countries have their own red lines and everyone should live with them,” he said, adding that what is called freedom of expression for the West is a blasphemy for us.
Shahbaz should fight his case
Asked about allowing Shahbaz Sharif to go abroad, he said the government had placed him on the Exit Control List (ECL), and he should fight his case in court and the government would challenge it.
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