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Objections on electoral reforms bill may be result of rifts in allied parties: Chaudhry

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry Saturday said that objections on the electoral reforms bill by the allied parties of the ruling PTI might be a result of internal differences among the political parties.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that the ministers representing the allied parties were taken onboard when the draft of the bill was presented before the Cabinet for approval.

“Even the bill was drafted by Law Minister Farogh Nasim, who himself is from an ally, MQM, and another federal minister from the party, Aminul Haq, being in-charge minister of IT, is looking into the technical aspect of the EVMs,” Fawad added.

Similarly, he mentioned the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) as it, too, had representation in the Cabinet. The minister recalled that the allied parties had supported the bill passage when it was tabled in the National Assembly in June.

On the rapprochement between speedster Shoaib Akhtar and PTV host Nauman Niaz, he said that the issue was not that big, but that social media complicated it.

Fawad Chaudhry yet again criticised the opposition alliance and the possibilities of regrouping of the political parties. He said the opposition parties did not have on ground footing or candidates to field in all constituencies across Pakistan.

The minister also spoke about the remarks uttered by Asad Umer during a rally in Islamabad and said that he used the term of “beating” the opponents in the political context, not in its literal sense. He blamed the media for blowing the remarks out of proportion.

The minister termed the three-year performance of the PTI remarkable, saying the government restored the shut industry and revolutionised the agriculture sector by making it an industry of 11 billion rupees. “[The] income of every Pakistani increased in this tenure,” the minister claimed.


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