Demand of ECP dissolution unconstitutional: PM

Demand of ECP dissolution unconstitutional: PM

ISLAMABAD, (SANA): Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that the demand for dissolution of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was unconstitutional.

Addressing the session of federal cabinet here, he said the undemocratic elements want to derail the democracy in the country; however, they will not be allowed to succeed in their designs.

The ECP has been set up under the Constitution of Pakistan; hence the demand for its dissolution is unconstitutional, he asserted.

The caretaker set up, the PM Ashraf noted, will be established in consultation with all stakeholders, adding the government is quite determined to hold the next general elections in transparent manner

Prime Minister stated that anti-democratic and anti-state elements will not be allowed to derail the democratic setup in the country.

PM Ashraf said while the government is sincerely engaged in the efforts to strengthen democracy‚ some anti-democratic and anti-state elements are also busy in creating situations that are not only detrimental to democracy but also to economic growth and stability of the country.

The prime minister said the demand to dissolve the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was unconstitutional, adding that neither the chief election commissioner, nor any member of the ECP could be removed in an unconstitutional manner.

Raja Pervez Ashraf said the government committed to hold free‚ fair and transparent elections in accordance with the provisions of the constitution.

Caretaker setup at the centre and the provinces would be formed after consultation with all the stakeholders.

He said sustained political stability is a pre-requisite for achievement of economic well being of the country. He said the government is aware about its constitutional responsibilities and believes in strengthening of institutions of the country. He said that the country could not make progress on the economic front in absence of political stability. Prime minister no unconstitutional step would be taken in the country.

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