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Onus on Opp if martial law imposed: Fawad

Interior minister says state institutions cannot remain neutral for too long

Amid speculations regarding Prime Minister Imran Khan’s action plan of not letting the voting on Interior minister says state institutions cannot remain neutral for too longthe no-confidence motion happen on Saturday, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry Saturday said that “those who bought lawmakers will be held responsible if martial law is imposed.”

He was referring to the joint opposition, which is facing allegations of horse-trading in parliament.

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In an informal conversation with journalists inside the Parliament House, Fawad said that Supreme Court is “not above” parliament, adding that as “T20 match is still left to be played.”

“We do respect the orders of the Supreme Court and will also let the opposition fulfil their wish to vote on the no-confidence motion.”

Replying to a question regarding when will the voting be held, the information minister said that there are a lot of speeches left to be delivered, adding that “my speech is left.”

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He further added that all parties and individuals should follow the constitution of Pakistan, reiterating that the government wants to hold fresh elections.

Fawad told journalists that he spoke to opposition leaders, suggesting that all political parties should move towards elections.

“Leaders of all political parties are mentally prepared for elections,” he said, adding that everybody should sit together and chalk out a solution as it is not the responsibility of the army and the Supreme Court to resolve the issues of politicians.

Regarding the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) statement on the time required to hold elections, the information minister said that the only task of the commission is to hold elections.

“If the ECP cannot hold elections then the reason is sufficient enough for the election commissioner to tender his resignation,” he said, adding that the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) is not yet ready to allow overseas Pakistanis to cast their votes.

Separately, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Saturday said that state institutions are neutral; however, they cannot remain “neutral” for too long.

Speaking to a private television channel, Rashid said the ongoing situation is “alarming and disturbing”, adding that the outcome of this “war” cannot be predicted.

The interior minister further added that Prime Minister Imran Khan is “mentally and politically ready” for all sorts of outcomes; however, the decision to hold voting is the lookout of the National Assembly speaker and other legal experts.

Rashid lamented that people are speaking ill about the institutions of Pakistan, adding that the political temperature in the country is very high at the moment.

Reiterating his stance to hold early elections, he said fresh elections are the “need of the hour” and the opposition should also move toward transparent elections as this is the “ultimate solution”.

The interior minister further mentioned that PML-N leaders Shahbaz Sharif and Hamza Shahbaz were to be indicted in their ongoing proceeding in the Islamabad High Court.

“If two candidates who are to be indicted become the PM and CM then, as a nation, we can only wait and see what happens,” he maintained. agencies



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