PTI govt takes ECP’s refusal in rigging as rebellion: Bilawal, says nation stands with ECP

Nawaz Sharif

The Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has strongly condemned the Thereek-e-Insaaf (PTI) government’s continuous attacks on the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

In a statement on Wednesday, the PPP Chairman has said that ECP’s refusal to become a partner in the rigging and electoral engineering with the PTI is being taken as ‘rebellion’. He said that ECP has to conduct its business in accordance with the Constitution and the relevant laws.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that threats to ECP to compel it to toe PTI’s electoral fraud strategies has to be condemned in strong terms. He said that the nation stands with the ECP as a national institution.

The Chairman further stated that the demand of resignations from the Chief Election Commissioner and members of the ECP are blackmailing tactics on part of the PTI government, which has accumulated millions of dollars through foreign funding as a dubious political party to grab power.

He maintained that an independent Election Commission was necessary for a vibrant and genuine democracy and warned that any attempts to subjugate and hold ECP hostage to the whims of the PTI regime would be vehemently resisted by all the democratic forces.