Fazl says giving voting rights to overseas Pakistanis a ‘conspiracy’


MANSEHRA: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman Wednesday termed giving voting rights to overseas Pakistanis a ‘conspiracy’ saying that this would allow foreign lobbies to meddle in Pakistan’s politics.

Fazl expressed his apprehensions while speaking at the Ulema Convention in Mansehra, where he also questioned the eagerness of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s to seek voting rights for overseas Pakistanis.

He said that the next election will be PTI’s last, as the party has destroyed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The politician added that Imran should give a clear message to the people of Pakistan to clear all the impurities in the country.

The JUI-F leader also stated that the provincial government’s attempt to buy clergymen has failed.

The National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) is due to give a briefing to political parties on the issue of allowing overseas Pakistanis to vote in the general elections on April 12. In the briefing, being held on the directions of the Supreme Court, representatives of all 18 parties with a presence in Parliament, as well as secretaries of various ministries, will be invited.

The Senate chairman and National Assembly speaker will select six members each from their houses to attend the briefing.

Chief Election Commissioner Justice (r) Sardar Raza Khan will represent the Election Commission of Pakistan at the briefing.