Thursday September 23, 2021

Maryam Nawaz Terms Electoral Reforms Ineffective

Islamabad: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz termed on Thursday the government’s proposal to use the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) a plot for rigging the next general elections.

Addressing a question outside the IHC, the PML-N leader said that she considered the electoral reforms ineffective. “There is no use of such reforms until rigging is stopped and those transgressing their authority are barred.”

“What does a government, which is based on rigging, has to do with transparency,” Maryam asked while addressing media persons following her appearance at the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for the hearing of the Avenfield reference.

Responding to a question regarding the talks of giving the National Accountability Bureau (NAB)’s Chairman tenure an extension, Maryam said: “We will address the issue when a formal decision on the NAB chief’s extension is announced.”

She further stated that the government wanted to strike off the opposition’s role from NAB and “appoint the brothers of the ministers in the bureau.”

When asked about a possible extension in the tenure of NAB chief “similar to that of the army chief,” the PML-N leader distanced herself from the latter decision, saying she was not part of it.

Commenting over the government’s refusal to reveal the details of foreign gifts received by PM Imran, Maryam said that the decision has brought embarrassment to the premier. She criticised him for refusing to be answerable for them.

“This is not your personal money,” she said, predicting that “a lot more would come up towards the end of the government’s tenure.”

“You will be held accountable for every rupee and we will not let you flee with the stolen money,” she added.

The PML-N leader further lamented the increase in prices of flour, sugar, electricity and gas, adding that “people were severely troubled by inflation”. “The opposition should raise its voice for the people and should stand with them,” she concluded.

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