ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Spokesperson of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has expressed surprise over the visit of British High Commissioner to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) marking that objectives of the meeting were inconceivable.
Reacting to the development here on Wednesday, the PTI Spokesperson has emphasised that the silence on the part of foreign office over the matter is of great concerns.
“Reports that FO’s advice had been ignored by CEC about meeting with US Ambassador few days ago are already echoing in the media”, he said, adding that Chief Election Commissioner (ECE) is the main facilitator in an ongoing onslaught on constitution and efforts to undermine democracy in Pakistan.
“During the last 17 months, the CEC used his position to deprive people of Pakistan of their basic and constitutional right to vote,” he added.
The PTI Spokesperson has said that the Supreme Court (SC) has fully exposed the unconstitutional and criminal role of ECP in its decision of April 4, 2023 regarding conducting elections in Punjab.
The Spokesperson urged the Foreign Office to dispatch a copy of the apex court’s decision to the diplomatic corps so as foreign governments could learn about the actual role and character of the CEC.
“The Foreign Office should also apprise the foreign governments about ECP’s reluctance to fulfill its constitutional obligations to conduct elections within the constitutionally defined timeframe of 90 days after dissolution of the National Assembly,” PTI spokesperson underlined.
The PTI Spokesperson demanded: “The Foreign Office should make it clear before the foreign diplomats that the CEC, while undermining the constitutional authority of the President on the matter to fix polls date, seeks to create a constitutional crisis and undermine democracy in the country.
The foreign governments, he stressed should revisit their policies of maintaining contacts with an individual who has played a key role in efforts to undermine democracy in Pakistan.”
“The objectives of British High Commissioner’s visit to the ECP and other related details of her engagements at ECP should be placed before the nation without any delay,” he concluded.