Govt desires independent election commission: PM


Prime Minster Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that PPP wants to hold free, fair and impartial elections in the country so it brought 20th constitutional amendment in the parliament.
Speaking in the National Assembly on Tuesday, he said if the opposition leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has some objections on the bill presented by PPP, then the speaker might adjourn the house for 15 minutes so that the bill might be tabled in a transparent way. On which Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza took a break for 15 minutes.
“We want to bring the independent election commission to hold free elections”, the prime minister added.
Opposition leader Chaudhry Nisar, while taking part in the debate, said that the matter regarding 20th amendment was very important as this is not the issue of only one party.
He said that government contacted opposition five days ago on the 20th amendment, but the government did not provide any detail of the bill. He said that opposition wanted transparent election and independent election commission. “Some of forces sitting outside the parliament deem that PPP and PML-N are settling issues under ‘give and take’ policy, which is wrong perception”, he added.
He requested the speaker to postpone the proceedings for 15 minutes so as the consultation might be carried out on some important clauses of the bill.
The session of National Assembly was started under the chairmanship of Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza with a delay of almost two hours.
Religious Affairs Minister Khurshid Shah presented a motion that the routine proceedings of the house might be postponed for 20 minutes so that 20th amendment might be tabled in the assembly. The speaker on his request put off the proceedings.