The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has voiced apprehensions regarding what it perceives as a problematic connection between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the current interim government.
PPP Secretary General Syed Nayyer Husain Bukhari called attention to the alleged ties of certain caretaker federal ministers to prominent figures in the PML-N, suggesting a potential conflict of interest that could impact the impartiality required during the electoral period.
Ensuring Election Integrity
Highlighting the importance of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and interim governments in maintaining a neutral stance, Bukhari underlined the need for unbiased conduct to preserve the nation’s political and economic stability.
He asserted that the upcoming elections must be transparent and free from interference to ensure their legitimacy. Despite being open to discussions with all registered parties, Bukhari was clear that any entities perceived as incompetent or threatening to the state would not be engaged in dialogue.
Reaffirming the PPP’s willingness to work alongside political opponents for the sake of constitutional democracy, Bukhari pointed to recent overtures made by PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, inviting them to support the Charter of Democracy.
The invitation is a strategic move aimed at bolstering democratic practices and reducing military influence in politics. Moreover, Bukhari questioned the role of PML-N’s Ishaq Dar as leader of the house in the Senate, suggesting the need for an independent figure to embody the prime minister’s role in the upper house, a move he feels would reflect better on the caretaker government’s neutrality.