Ch. Shujaat: Intl Forces Influenced 2013 Polls, Have Made Inroads in Parties

JUN 25, 2018: Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) President and former Prime Minister Ch. Shujaat Hussain has expressed grave concern over statement of the Secretary Election Commission to the Senate Standing Committee on Interior that international forces want to sabotage 2018 election and he is ready to give in-camera briefing about these dangers.

On May 28, ECP Secretary Babar Yaqoob had stated, “We think that an effort will be made at an international level to sabotage the elections but it would not be appropriate to share details here. We are ready to inform you in an in-camera meeting.”

Yaqoob’s ominous statement led former Senate chairman Raza Rabbani to write letters to key constitutional functionaries suggesting that the ECP secretary should be summoned to the Committee of the Whole to enlighten the committee on the international conspiracy regarding the upcoming general elections.

Shujaat on Sunday said the Secretary should tell real facts to the people as to which international forces are involved in this conspiracy.

A similar conspiracy he said was also hatched in 2013 when US Vice-President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Senator John Kerry and former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel came to meet former Punjab CM Ch. Parvez Elahi in Lahore and categorically stated that “if your party wins the election US will not accept the results.”

“I have also mentioned this conspiracy in detail in my book which proves that external forces have been involved in Pakistan politics earlier on as well,” he added.

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Shujaat said the caretaker government should take immediate notice if there is such conspiracy and the Chief Justice should also take notice because he apprehends that by involving the army in the electoral process an attempt will be made to destroy its reputation.

He said plan of the international forces seem to include creating an environment which would lead to shifting getting electoral responsibilities entrusted to 3.5 lakhs troops, to directly involve the army in it, and the statement of the Election Commission that responsibility of printing of ballot papers will also be given to the army — “all this amounts to not learning any lessons from the past”, said Shujaat.

Ch. Shujaat expressed the apprehensions that the same conspiring forces presently have also made inroads in the political parties. He said this is not happening for the first time.

Elections are set to take place on July 25 amid greater political uncertainty than at virtually any other point since the transition to democracy began in 2008.

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