Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday launched a scathing assault on the federal government — specifically Prime Minister Imran Khan and National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser — saying that the rulers declare they are out to carry electoral reforms however are on the lookout for “another way to steal elections”.
Addressing a press convention alongside PML-N common secretary Ahsan Iqbal and celebration spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb, Abbasi requested the place anybody will go when the machines are “taken away” or the info is made to “disappear”.
He stated the individuals devising these methods are these “who themselves are involved in stealing elections and who themselves came into power after the most controversial elections held in Pakistan’s history”.
Abbasi stated that is “akin to a wolf taking care of sheep”.
“And so this wolf is saying the election system must be handed over to them as they are bringing forth reforms and an inter parliamentary committee must be formed,” he continued.
‘First catch the one who kidnapped presiding officers and put in cameras’
Abbasi closely criticised a letter written by PM Imran Khan to the NA speaker, whereby he has harassed on the formation of the parliamentary committee.
In the letter, the prime minister has additionally regretted how within the Senate elections held lately, corrupt practices had been allowed and cash was thrown about.
Abbasi, referring to the letter, stated a main minister “who does not know the decorum of the parliament and neither does he attend its sessions has written to the speaker”.
He referred to the letter as “two ignorant men writing to each other”, whereas what needs to be centered on has lengthy been ignored.
The former premier stated a month has handed however no motion has been taken in opposition to the kidnapping of 20 presiding officers in the course of the NA-75 election in Daska.
“And these members of the House are writing to one another saying the election system has been destroyed. The system has always been in place. You must catch the one who destroyed it.
“You should nab the one who kidnapped the presiding officer in Daska and the one who stole votes. You should catch those that put cameras within the Senate. You should catch those that appointed the presiding officer of the most important establishment’s election — the Senate polls,” said Abbasi.
He went on to say that the presiding officer “didn’t see directions that the stamp on votes might be put wherever contained in the candidate’s field on the poll paper and has made the senate polls controversial”.
“And now they’re speaking of digital voting machines.”
‘Speaker remains silent’
In further criticism, Abbasi said that all these reforms are sought from a parliament “that’s barely useful and has no respect for parliamentary rules”.
“If the speaker knew of parliamentary rules, [he would not have been a silent spectator] when the premier took the identify of 5 opposition leaders and bad-mouthed them. They had been defamed and accused however the speaker remained silent,” the former premier alleged.
“Who ought to be part of that speaker’s parliamentary committee then? And how can they [conscionably] go?” he asked.
He regretted that the speaker “doesn’t do” what the role requires of him.
“If the speaker has any braveness, he should expunge these remarks from the prime minister’s speech. This is his authority and his duty. That is, if he has any respect for the rules and any braveness. If he needs to stay unabashed and with out disgrace and proceed his employment, then he can go on,” Abbasi said.
Speaking further of the parliament and the debates therein, he said “there was no speak of the individuals, the inflation, sugar, wheat, electrical energy payments”, adding that it is a forum where “elevating your voice to talk for the individuals is prevented”.
“The speaker stops you,” he said, adding: “The speaker is meant to be non-partisan and one who earns the opposition’s respect.”
He added that the speaker “is one who neither lets the chief of the opposition converse and who doesn’t see the empty entrance row of benches”.
“The chief of the opposition is in jail who has no case in opposition to him and so is the parliamentary celebration chief. But the speaker stays silent. The custodian of the House stays silent.
“This is the misfortune of the House. Who will trust such a speaker? Within the assembly premises, a mob attacks six members but the speaker remains silent,” Abbasi went on to say.
The PML-N chief stated that very same day, an hour later, the “leader of the House makes a speech while taking the names of opposition leaders with nothing but abusive words for them”.
“Even he did not have the courtesy to call out the incident as wrong,” he added.
“This is the parliament. There are committees available here. The speaker should have called a session of the committee right then. It was under his very nose the attack took place,” Abbasi stated.
The former premier alleged that the speaker additionally prevented the media from going to the parliament lodges the place the opposition MNAs and senators reside.
PDM has come ‘to proper these wrongs’
Speaking of the Pakistan Democratic Movement, Abbasi stated that the 10-party opposition alliance “has come to right these wrongs within the system”.
“We have even stopped asking for production orders (of incarcerated leaders so they may participate in parliament sessions) although it is the speaker’s responsibility to ensure this on his own,” Abbasi stated.
The PML-N chief stated that the speaker, in impact, “has denied the people their right for their representatives to come to the parliament and speak on their behalf”.
He stated though in yesterday’s assembly PDM couldn’t see eye to eye, “it stands united and its success comes from the fact that even talks behind close doors are there before the people today”.
“So PDM is determined to continue forward to bring the rule of law and Constitution back to Pakistan with a new government,” he concluded by saying.