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Govt committed to bring reforms in electoral process: FM Qureshi

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has tested positive for the novel coronavirus today (Friday).

MULTAN: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said the government is committed to bringing reforms in the electoral process to bring change in the decades-old corrupt political system of the country.

Talking to media persons in Multan today, he said that the government wants to hold the Senate elections through an open ballot system to make sure transparency and discourage the use of money in the polling process.

He pointed out that the reforms will be the first constitutional reforms package since 1985 to ensure that Senate elections are held in a free, fair and transparent manner. “Every party wanted transparent elections but no one had the courage to introduce constitutional reforms for it,” he added.

Instead of supporting the government’s efforts to introduce electoral reforms, the opposition was creating a hurdle by opposing open balloting in the senate election, he added.

FM Qureshi asserted that the opposition’s stance against open balloting in the Senate election was illogical and beyond comprehension.

“The incumbent government is trying to bring PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif back to the country and talks are underway with the British government in this regard”, Qureshi maintained. He said, “There is a possibility of extradition of Nawaz Sharif, but it is a lengthy and complicated process”.

Qureshi said that Nawaz Sharif had left the country for treatment on certain conditions and that none of these had been fulfilled. “He was permitted to get medical treatment from abroad subject to returning within the specific time period,” he added.

Responding to PDM’s campaign against the government, he said that opposition parties will not succeed in their immoral designs as their alliance is unnatural. He said the entire nation knows who was behind the sale purchase of votes in the past and now, they are once again active for the same purpose.