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Zardari dismisses possibility of polls before electoral reforms

Zardari says government has to change laws, improve them and then go for polls

Pakistan People’s Party co-chair Asif Ali Zardari said on Wednesday that elections in the country would be held only after the incumbent coalition government carries out electoral reforms and amends the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) laws.

Zardari said in a presser that government would “have to change laws and improve them and then go to elections. Whether it takes 3 or 4 months, we have to work on implementation of policies and improving the electoral process.”

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He said he had held consultation with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz supremo Mian Nawaz Sharif and “made him understand that as soon as our reforms and low-hanging fruit targets are complete [we can go to polls]”.

The former president said the coalition government had “no problem” with granting voting rights and representation for overseas Pakistanis. He added that numerous seats could be specified for them after discussions.

Responding to a question regarding Defense Minister Khawaja Asif’s interview in which he hinted at the possibility of holding elections before November, Zardari said that the PML-N leader had his own opinions and was sure to listen to his party’s directives.



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