Imran accuses PPP, PMLN for blocking of electoral reforms bill to protect tax evaders, bank defaulters

Islamabad: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said that all the ruling parties have once again demonstrated their agenda of “muka muka” and joined hands to restrict the empower of the Election Commission of Pakistan ECP for imposition of articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution by not implementing the election reforms bill aimed at holding free and fair elections.

“Asif Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party and Nawaz League have once again united to block election reforms bill as the bill will directly hit their interests and would block the entry of corrupt politicians in electoral process,” said Imran Khan while talking to a delegation from Dera Ghazi Khan headed by Khawaja Mudassir Mehmood.

Khan said that the ECP had forwarded an Election Reforms bills to the government to ensure free and fair elections seeking 30 days for strict scrutiny of the nomination papers of the candidates but Law Minister Farooq H Naik has refused to get the bill passed from the parlaiment.

“Had the PPP and Nawaz League any reservations over the Articles 62 and 62, they should have removed these articles from the Constitution in passage of the 18th or 19th Constitutional Amendments,” he said. “Now, since these articles are very much part of the Constitution, why Nawaz Sharif and Zaradri are reluctant to get them implemented by the ECP,” he argued.

Mr Khan said the reform bill demanded 30 days to scrutinize the credentials of candidates such as tax returns, foreign visits, bank loans, utility bills etc.

“Though there’s nothing wrong with these reforms, the ruling parties have made their alliance explicitly to stop the ECP from blocking corrupt politicians,” he said.

He added that the nation knows well that these corrupt ruling parties had also got united some days back for protection of bogus degree holding MPs and MPAs. “Once the judiciary disqualified these fake degree holding MPs, these parties again fielded them in several by elections on their party tickets without feeling any shame for violating moral and legal ethics,” he added.

He said that the nation has witnessed ruling parties’ liking for bogus degree holders in the last five years and the people in the streets know that both the federal and Punjab governments fully supported bogus degree holders, tax evaders and corrupt lot in by elections.