ISLAMABAD:Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain
Monday said that the opposition intentionally wanted to make Senate
“The opposition knew they would not be able to win the Senate
elections and consider horse trading as the only option to win”, he stated this while talking to media outside Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
The minister was accompanied by Special Assistant to Prime Minister on
Political Communication Shahbaz Gill, Federal Minister for Education
Shafqat Mahmood and Senior leader Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Babar
Chaudhry Fawad said that the delegation from government side had
expressed full confidence over the ECP as the final decision of the
ECP to prevail.
“We have expressed full confidence over ECP considering the fact that
if the institutions will be strengthened, the country will become
strong”, he stated.
“Secrecy of ballot , as per SC decision, will be kept for the
political parties but not for ECP which would empower ECP to conduct
inquiry if there will be any allegation of horse trading raised by
any member”, he said. However the final decision would be of ECP, the
This was the principle on which Prime Minister, Imran Khan and our
cabinet had filed reference before Supreme Court, he said.
He emphasized that the Supreme Court’s decision should be implemented
in letter and spirit.
He said this was the principle for which Prime Minister Imran Khan had
been struggling since the year 2013.
“We have requested the ECP to implement the decision of Supreme Court
which empowers the commission to ensure complete transparency in
election and eliminate the chances of horse trading and corruption”,
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan People’s Party had signed
the Charter of Democracy in that regard in the year 2006 but PML-N
stepped back before formally pursuing the law, he said.
He said PML-N, PPP and Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) did not have
majority in the upper house and they could not win the elections.
“This is the reason they are against every such effort that bring
transparency in election. Otherwise there would be no need of horse
trading if they knew that they would get maximum votes in Senate
election,” he said.
“We have presented our stance in front of ECP with sufficient
arguments”, he said.
Around 1,700 total ballot papers would be required to be printed for
the elections for which we had the required technology, he added.
“If we can print a big number of currency notes in Pakistan on daily basis which
is a highly secure tender why not 1,700 ballot papers,” he asked.