Siddiqui asks PTI to shun politics of agitation

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 28: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Irfan Siddique has said the politics of agitation and clash would only benefit enemies of the country who wanted to destablize the national economy and hamper the process of China Pakistan Economic Corridor. He said it would be ridicilous to say that the election tribunals’ verdicts had overruled the findings of Judicial Commission which were given after examining 272 National Assembly seats. Talking to Pakistan Television, he said that the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) had taken a bold decision to contest by-elections.”The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) should now accept the challenge,” he added. Irfan Siddiqui said the decision to go to the court of people was taken in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.”Our umpire are people of Pakistan,” he added. He said Sardar Ayaz Sadiq would only file an appeal against the eletion tribunal’s verdict in the Suprem Court as he had been imposed fine, but he would not obtain stay order. He said the PTI was celebrating only three decisions of election tribunals given in its favour but did mention rest of 58 verdicts that were announced against it. He said the PTI should accept the challenge and contest by-elections instead of running away. “It is now making excuses to avoid by-polls and has started demanding resignation of members of Election Commission of Pakistan”. The government, he said, had no power and authority to remove members of the ECP. The PTI should file a reference in the judicial commission, which was a legal option, he added. The Special Assistant said not a single judge of election tribunals, in their verdicts, had ever mentioned the rigging. Rather, they only pointed out irregularities and mismanagement in elections, he added. Irfan Siddique adivised PTI to play a constructive role and give its input before the parliamentary committee working on judicial reforms. He said the 32-member parliamentary committee would finalize its work by the end of this year and then constitutional amendments would have to be enacted accordingly. He said the PML-N believed in the rule of law and supremacy of Constitution and despite beinf in power at the Centre and Punjab, it accepted the election tribunals’ verdicts which were were not in its favour. He said the PTI faced crushing defeat in last general elections while the PML-N won 114 seat with the margin of 20,000. About the MQM resignation issue, he said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif wanted those parties to remain in the Partliament which had mandate of the people. However, the Karachi operation would continue as it was not against any party, he added. He said that politicians should avoid giving such statements which could harm the system.

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