Islamabad, May 11 Pakistan Peopl’s Party co-chair Asif Ali Zardari has said that national elections will be held once the current coalition government implements electoral reforms and amends the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) laws.
Speaking at a press conference in Karachi, the former Pakistan President said
“We have to change laws and improve them and then go to elections. Whether it takes 3 or 4 months, we have to work on implementation of policies and improving the electoral process,”
Zardari said he has spoken to former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on this issue and “made him understand that as soon as our reforms and low-hanging fruit targets are complete we can go to polls”.
He added that the coalition government does not oppose granting voting rights and representation to overseas Pakistanis.
When asked about Defence Minister Khawaja Asif’s statement that the possibility of holding elections before November could not be ruled out, Zardari said the PML-N leader has his own ideas
and is bound by his party’s directives.
He informed that the new Army chief would be appointed after the electoral reforms have been carried out
“The PML-N decided with me that until electoral reforms were brought, there would be no [talk] about the new army chief’s appointment.”
He added that polls could then be held once the electoral reforms had been introduced and the country’s economic situation improved.