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    Pasban-e-Pakistan supports marches for electoral reforms, opposes derailing democracy. Government need to solve basic problems of people, focus on electoral reforms: Altaf Shakoor

    Karachi, August 07: Pasban-e-Pakistan, extending full support to “Independence March, and Revolution March”, has said these marches should aim at holding free and fair elections on their schedule and solve the problems of masses, and they must not be used to topple the sitting government.
    Addressing a press conference at Pasban Secretariat, Dhoraji Colony here Thursday, he said this was the time to raise a strong voice from Pakistan for oppressed people of Gaza, but the ruling and opposition politicians are busy in conflict and hence Pakistan was not playing its ideological role on the issue of Israeli bombardment on Gaza.
    He said there is no doubt that the government has failed to deliver, but it is not prudent to invite the Khakis and long boots. He said Imran Khan and Tahir ul Qadri should tell the people if the problems of masses would be solved by just toppling the government. He said running a government in style of kings is a sign of failure. He said lodging case against Qadri and vendetta-based steps against the workers of Imran Khan and the Independence March would further worsen the matters.
    Altaf Shakoor said people are not concerned with just change of faces, but they want peace, employment and justice. He said peaceful protest is the constitutional right of people.
    He said his party, Pasban-e-Pakistan, was recently registered with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). He said in the present scenario the stance of his party is balanced and as per the aspirations of masses.
    He said Pasban-e-Pakistan announces to strongly support the Independence March of Tahreek-e-Insaf and Revolution March of Pakistan Awami Tahreek, adding we want to tell the nation that Imran Khan and Allama Qadri through their marches should not try to destabilize the sitting government, but instead to ensure free and fair polls. He said the toppling of government through protest is a death of peoples’ mandate and democracy. It would also pave way for dictatorship.
    He said this struggle should be focused on solving the problems of people and holding the general elections free and fair on their schedule, and for this purpose establishing an independent Election Commission of Pakistan.
    Shakoor said the present government has failed to solve the problems of people. Corruption, price hike, joblessness, shortage of water, electricity load shedding and the murder of merit are on the rise. Running the government in style of kings is a sure sign of its failure. He said if God forbid the present protest marches resulted in a martial law it would be hard luck for both politicians and the nation. He suggested that Khan and Qadri instead of solo flights should take the whole opposition in confidence.
    Pasban-e-Pakistan leader strongly condemned government’s vendetta-based steps against the workers of Khan and Qadri. He advised the government to show tolerance and correct its own shortcomings.
    He appealed to the protest leaders not to further the agenda of anti-democracy elements, so that Pakistan once again should not face a martial law regime.
    He said the people of Pakistan have laid a lot of sacrifices for democracy and it is the need of the hour that all political parties should agree on making an independent election commission of Pakistan, as well as, electoral reforms including biometric system, proportional electorate, transparent constituencies, the role of forces on the polls day, posting of unbiased staff in polling stations, transparent and timely announcement of elections results and the preparation of error-free voter lists. He said till these steps are taken the polls results would be dubious, whether the new elections are held today or after four years.
    He said Pasban-e-Pakistan demands from the government to set up an independent election commission after consultation with the opposition, which should chalk out an electoral system that can give Pakistani people a true representative democratic government.
    He appealed the protest leaders to limit their marches and rallies to the constitutional and democratic margins. He said the marches should be aimed at to give Pakistani people a gift of true democratic government and for this purpose the electoral system should be reformed, as the protest leaders themselves have claimed that the mandate of people was stolen.
    Pasban asked the government to focus on solving the real problems of people, end corruption, uphold merit and shun nepotism. It demanded fixing prices of daily-use kitchen commodities and petroleum products on annual basis. The facilities of education, healthcare and employment should be given to the masses on their doorstep; otherwise, the government should be prepared for a decisive long march of millions of people in the leadership of Pasban.
    Pasban-e-Pakistan general secretary Usman Moazzam, senior vice presents Rafiq Khaskheli, Aftabuddin Qureshi, vice president Abdul Hakim Quaid, Zameer Ahmed, Tariq Chandi-walla and Pasban Karachi chapter president Sheikh Shakeel were also present.

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