ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Finance, Ishaq Dar Monday said that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) should accept report of the inquiry commission and look forward to a prosperous future of the country.
Responding to a point raised by leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah, the minister
endorsed the view point of the Opposition Leader and said that the inquiry commission report should be made public and placed before the house.
However, he added that copy of the accord between the Government and the PTI should also be placed before the house.
He said that that the Inquiry Commission Report would be beneficial for the future of Pakistan.
The minister said that the country was facing numerous challenges and every one should unite on national issues.
The Prime Minister, he said, has always taken on board all the political forces on major national issues including, China Pakistan Economic Corridor, National Action Plan and Operation Zarb-e-Azb.
He said that Pakistan has a great potential and with collective efforts, “we could make it a developed country.”
Ishaq Dar said that the Prime Minister was mandated by all political parties to constitute the inquiry commission, adding that several meetings were held for formulation of the agenda and the commission.
He said that all the political parties had representation in these meetings and they reached a consensus on four controversial points.
The minister said that it was decided in the ordinance that the inquiry commission would submit its report to the federal government within 45 days. It was also decided that the report would be made public, he added.
The minister said that it was for the first time in the history of Pakistan that the ruling party, with two-third majority, had inked a deal with the opposition parties that if rigging was proved the Prime Minister would dissolve the National Assembly and general election would be held.
Ishaq Dar said that it was also part of the accord that if PTI's allegations were not proved in the inquiry commission, then they would withdraw their allegations.
The minister said that PTI was consulted for appointment of chairman NADRA even before reaching the accord. PTI was also taken on board for appointment of the secretary election commission.
He said that media cells of political parties should play their due role for discouraging allegations being levelled against the parliamentarians on social media.
The minister said that PTI should take it a new beginning after the inquiry commission's report.
He said that the Prime Minister has also showed humbleness in his speech to the nation. But the minister regretted that despite the agreement, the PTI was still stuck to its allegations, instead it should have accepted the decision.
He said the government had constituted a Parliamentary Electoral Reforms Committee last year to bring improvement in the existing election system, which has so far held 35 meetings.
Dar said that meeting of the Parliamentary Electoral Reforms Committee would be held on Tuesday and assured that it would be beneficial for the country's future.
Earler, the Opposition Leader, Syed Khursheed Shah told the House that the Opposition had played a vital role in strengthening the Parliament. It was also the opposition that brought those into the Parliament who were protesting in front of it.
He said it was the Parliament which could face the challenges. He lauded the step to accept decision of the Judicial Commission. – APP