Zardari rebuffs presidential order on Fata senate elections

Zardari rebuffs presidential order on Fata senate elections

rebISLAMABAD: Former President and co-chairman of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari turned down the presidential ordinance on Senate elections in Fata, terming it an attack on democracy.

In his statement, the PPP co-chairman was of  the view that it stands in rank contradiction with the Constitution to issue an order after the announcement of Senate schedule, adding, “It is tantamount to ‘tapping on the shoulder’ for the undemocratic elements.”

The overnight change in the standard operating procedure of senate elections in Fata is absolutely unacceptable, Zardari asserted demanding the government to reverse the presidential order forthwith.

FATA members also reject presidential order
Demanding the immediate withdrawal of the presidential decree, the FATA members called on the government to hold elections in FATA right after the decree is vacated.

It should be mentioned here that six members of the FATA Assembly led by Ghazi Ghulab Jamal called on Pakistan Muslim League’s (PML-N) leaders Captain Safdar and Ameer Mukam in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) house in Islamabad on Friday.

Voicing their reservations over the order, the members also called in question the timing of the presidential decree that was issued on the night of the election. They also said Nawaz Sharif-led government made the Senate elections controversial by issuing the ordinance.

They pointed out that they were not taken into confidence ahead of the decree issuance.

Order was challenged in courts
The Fata MNAs challenged the passage of the presidential ordinance in both the Supreme Court and the Islamabad High Court.

The petition pleaded with the court that Fata senate elections be conducted according to the voting method employed in past elections.

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