Zardari confident ECP will hold transparent elections

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KARACHI
Co-Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and former president Asif Ali Zardari has said that the general elections in the country should be held on time. In his statement, former president Asif Ali Zardari said that the country is moving towards transparent elections and the People’s Party is fully prepared for it.
He was of the view as the conditions in the country are conducive, elections should be held on time. He said that we have confidence in the Election Commission that it would conduct a transparent election.
The former president said that the People’s Party is the only party which is capable of contesting elections in any environment and will emerge as the majority party of the country on February 8. A day earlier, UK High Commissioner Jane Marriott called on PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari at Bilawal House in Karachi.
A party post uploaded on social media website X, formerly twitter, the former president was upbeat about the prospects of the PPP in the February 8 general elections. However, he expressed his party’s concerns about level playing field in the run-up to elections.
They said Mr Zardari told Ms Marriott that one party [PML-N] was being given priority treatment which belied claims of the caretaker government of giving level playing field in the elections. The British envoy asked the PPP leader about the party’s strategy and the prospects of polls on Feb 8, the insiders added.
The PPP post on X mentioned that the former president stressed the British government’s role in bringing an end to the Israeli aggression in Gaza. Mr Zardari wished well King Charles on his birthday and congratulated former prime minister David Cameron on becoming foreign minister.
Sources informed that the British diplomat was eager to understand the PPP’s confidence regarding the prospects of elections on February 8. She also wanted to know the party’s strategy for the upcoming national elections. PPP bigwigs have launched a series of remarks against the PMLN’s performance in the 16-month stint of the PDM government.
After ruling 16 months in the coalition government, former allies of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), now become political ‘rivals’ as the political temperature has been brewing to its peak level with each passing day since ECP announced general elections to be held on February 8.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto has now openly been criticising Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) supremo Nawaz Sharif in his public gatherings and press conferences for one reason or another.
Earlier, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior leader Rana Sanaullah said that PMLN will run the electoral campaign with verve in Punjab. Addressing a news conference in Lahore, Sanaullah said, ‘’The PML-N has more than one candidate in every constituency. The workers and leaders have decided to contest elections in great numbers.’’
“The meeting of the parliamentary board will start next week, which will be presided over by PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif. The PML-N will bag up to 125 seats in Punjab in the elections,” Sanaullah said.