Opposition leader for above-board appointments in ECP

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Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah on Wednesday said that as the opposition leader, it is a huge responsibility on his shoulders to try to complete the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), which is incomplete at the moment, and resume the processes that are currently not being tended to.

However, in PM Nawaz’s case, he addressed the nation when the matter had nothing to do with the country but rather his own family – Khursheed Shah

Talking to Pakistan Today Editor Arif Nizami on his talk show DNA on Channel 24, he said that over the years, elections have always been mired in controversy and, from the onset, people start predicting the fall of governments due to rigged elections. However, in order to avoid that and to make the electoral process more transparent, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has included names of judges, technocrats, and bureaucrats as members of the ECP, he added.

“The usual norm all over the world is that whenever a country is facing external challenges and difficulties, the leader of the country addresses the nation. However, in PM Nawaz’s case, he addressed the nation when the matter had nothing to do with the country but rather his own family,” Shah said referring to PM’s speech following the leak of the Panama Papers.

Shah said that if there is no progress on the Terms of Reference (TORs) for the Panama Papers probe, then, only two options will be left open to them: Either create instability in the country which may lead to chaos and anarchy or, like a civilised country, go to the Supreme Court and demand justice.

On the matter of the two Kashmirs, he said that Kashmiris have been fighting a war of independence for 85 years in the Indian-occupied Kashmir and that the Indian government is relentlessly killing innocent civilians.

When it comes to Azad Kashmir, he said, the federal government for the past 9 months has been trying to pressurise and intimidate the AJK government through various means.