Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Sunday said that the government would wholeheartedly accept any decision of the Supreme Court regarding the proposed open voting in the Senate elections.
Addressing the media in Multan, Qureshi said, “The purpose of the ordinance for the Senate elections is not to give in favor of anyone, but to bring transparency in the electoral process.” On Saturday, President Dr. Arif Alvi signed the Electoral Amendment Ordinance 2021, under which the next Senate elections can be held through open voting. The government has also sought the opinion of the Supreme Court, asking whether elections can be held without a constitutional amendment.
The Foreign Minister advised the opposition to refrain from creating chaos in the country. “The whole of Pakistan knows about buying and selling [of votes] He said that in the Senate, in the upper house of Parliament, this bidding should be stopped.
Unfortunately, he added, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the PML-N want to buy the loyalty of the people. “We ask the PPP and the PML-N why they want to avoid this situation today when they used to support open referendum under the Charter of Democracy.”
Opposition parties, led by the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), have been pushing hard for a vote in the Senate, urging the government to change allegiances to its own lawmakers. Declaring an attempt to stop.
He pointed out that the Charter of Democracy signed by the PPP and the PML-N in 2006 included a section which made it clear that the Senate elections would be held through open referendum, which is now The government wants to find out. “Why are you backing out of the deal now?” He asked. “The opposition should tell us why they are bent on setting up a market for buying and selling votes in the Senate elections,” the minister added.
Qureshi said the government “does not have a two-thirds majority in the Senate” and was ready to work with the opposition for a constitutional amendment to change the voting system, but unfortunately the opposition did not. Not allowed
He spoke in support of the US Alliance, but said that maintaining some independence was not the answer. “They should protest in a democratic manner,” the minister said.
Referring to the rallies organized by the 11-party opposition coalition, the Pakistan Democratic Movement, he said “there was not much public participation” in the events. “People are well aware that such activities have not benefited the country, which could lead to disaster,” he said.
Qureshi said that if the opposition came up with good recommendations, they would be accepted.
Meanwhile, the Balochistan government provided its support to the Center for open voting in the Senate elections. The presidential ordinance was based on “good intentions”, Balochistan government spokesman Liaquat Shahwani told a press conference on Sunday. Although the final decision rests with the Supreme Court, we have upheld the ordinance in principle. He said that the opposition respects a capitalist instead of respecting the vote. Open referendum is being opposed because of hatred of the government. Shahwani accused the Pakistan Democratic Movement of trying to promote horse trading in the Senate elections.
On the other hand, Icelandic Foreign Minister Guadalajara Thor Thurdson spoke by telephone with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi about missing Icelandic mountaineer John Sunori. According to a Foreign Office press release on Saturday night, Foreign Minister Qureshi briefed his counterpart on the specific steps taken by the Pakistani authorities to find and recover the missing climbers.
Qureshi assured that Pakistan would spare no effort and would extend all possible cooperation in this regard. Thardarson appreciated the ongoing search and rescue operation by Pakistani authorities for John Sunori and other members of the team and thanked them for extending assistance.
Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said that the steps taken by the Sindh government against the opposition leader were highly reprehensible.
In a tweet, the federal minister said that such measures taken only as revenge would only increase the bitterness. “The law has been blown up,” he said. Fawad said that Haleem Adil Sheikh attacks the Sindh government like a thorn. The federal minister’s tweet came in response to the demolition of opposition leaders’ farmhouses as part of the Sindh government’s encroachment campaign.
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