Those Seeking Delay In Polls Be Tried Under Article 6: PM

ISLAMABAD, May 31 (APP):Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Thursday said that the Constitution had no provision for delay in general election and those who were calling to do so were in fact violating the Constitution and should be tried for high treason under Article 6.

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In his farewell TV interview (with Hum News), about 45 minutes before dissolution of his government on completion of five years term, the prime minister said the Constitution called for holding the general election within 60 days of the dissolution of the Parliament.

He said no one had the powers to delay the polls and reiterated that he had asked the parliamentarians in Balochistan not to indulge in the matter, while they were about to table the resolution in the assembly seeking a month’s delay in the polls.

If they want to do so, they should amend the Constitution barring to hold polls in summer, though the country had also gone to elections even during freezing cold weather during the month of Ramadan in 1997.

The prime minister expressed reservations over the apex court’s ruling regarding impounding of luxury vehicles being used by the ministers and explained that no minister had been using the luxury vehicles. The law also permitted one to hold entitled house and the car for a certain period of time against payment, he added.

He advised that the institutions must learn to respect one another otherwise the country would not move ahead.

The prime minister hoped that the polls would be held in a fair manner, else his party would go to the masses to tell them as who was interfering in the process.

To a question, he said he was made prime minister by his party and would abide by party’s decisions in future too.

He nullified the impression that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was toeing a policy of confrontation with the establishment and added that the sit-ins and ongoing court cases had impeded the national stability.

He said Nawaz Sharif’s statement was misreported by media as a person having served thrice as the prime minister could not give a statement against national security.

He questioned as why Nawaz Sharif was being made to appear twice a day before the courts contrary to the others from whom even Rs 1 billion were recovered. He said Imran Khan and Sheikh Rashid Ahmed were facing even severer charges.

Asked what the federal cabinet decided about the implementation of Asghar Khan case, the prime minister said the verdict was given in 2012 that was very clear. The army should act against the military officers involved in the case. FIA was probing into the matter which should act against the civilians. The federal cabinet has nothing to do with it as the institutions were working independently.

To a question, the prime minister said the corrupt elements were found in all institutions, but merely blaming the politicians was unjust.

He was confident to say that PML-N would be the single largest party in the parliament after next elections and Shehbaz Sharif would be the party candidate for prime minister’s slot.

To a question, the prime minister nullified the impression that there were any groupings within the PML-N and said Maryam Nawaz had no role in the party.

He said the government had left the revision of oil prices to the caretaker government and claimed that his government had provided petroleum products at the cheapest rates among the oil importing countries.

Asked to explain his unfinished agenda, the prime minister said the government could not evolve consensus to abolish NAB, water issues, dams, national health and education policy, common syllabus, common testing programmes which were basics for a nation.

The next government, he said should hold national dialogue on these issues, which should also be joined by the judiciary and NAB to know how the complex national decisions were made.

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