PPP slams PML-N for ‘changing narrative’ on elections

PPP leader Faisal Karim Kundi addresses a press conference at his residence in Islamabad on September 9, 2023.  - Online
PPP leader Faisal Karim Kundi addresses a press conference at his residence in Islamabad on September 9, 2023. – Online
  • Kundi complains that Nawaz Sharif should have talked about the elections.
  • “Today, PML-N flouted the law,” says PPP leader.
  • Kundi says stuffing ballot boxes is different from drawing crowds.

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has condemned Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) “changed” statement on the elections as party supremo Nawaz Sharif avoided mentioning the elections in his much-awaited address on his return. . country after four years of exile.

PPP leader Faisal Karim Kundi said that the PML-N has changed its statement even though earlier they always spoke in favor of general elections before the party supremo returns home.

The politician criticized the three-time former prime minister for shying away from speaking about the elections in the country, which, according to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), are scheduled to be held in late January 2024.

Sharing his views, the PPP leader said, “Nawaz Sharif should have talked about the elections, but he did not.” geo news Show ‘Naya Pakistan’ on Saturday.

Speaking to reporters at Dubai airport a day earlier, PML-N supremo Nawaz put his stance behind the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), saying his party was ready to accept “the decision of the ECP regarding the elections”. .

The PPP leader said that if Nawaz was confident that people would vote for him, he would have mentioned the elections in his speech.

After returning from self-imposed exile, the PML-N supremo spoke about the alleged oppression that she and her family endured during the six years, especially from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan-led government. during.

Although he spoke at length about the myriad issues that Pakistan is currently facing and promised to solve them if voted to power, the 73-year-old did not mention his party’s plans to contest the upcoming elections, which Expected to happen. According to ECP, in the last week of January next year.

He compared Nawaz’s homecoming to a coronation ceremony, saying, “Today, the PML-N flouted the law.”

Taking a dig at the way Nawaz has returned to Pakistan without any fear of being prosecuted by the courts for his previous convictions, the PPP leader also criticized the reprieve given to the PML-N.

He said the former Prime Minister was presenting his CV at his welcome meeting to come across as a suitable candidate to lead the country for the fourth time.

He regretted that the interim administration in Punjab, whose sole objective is to ensure free and fair conduct of general elections, had helped organize the welcome rally of the PML-N supremo.

“We always say that all institutions should work within their limits,” he said.

Kundi questioned the use of trains by the PML-N to promote the return of the party supremo. “Is any political party allowed to paint train coaches like this?”

Warning about the risk of anarchy if the elections are rigged, he said, “This time there will be no selection, most of the voters are young. There will be no stolen votes this time.”

He stressed that PML-N should not complain in such a situation.

Kundi said that if the decision as to who will rule the country next has already been made then it should be announced.

However, he said that this decision will have to be taken by the public through voting.

“Drawing crowds for a public meeting is different from filling ballot boxes,” the PPP leader said.

Kundi also stressed that PPP does not believe in keeping any political party out of the elections. “We are not saying that PTI should be banned.”

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