Nawaz meets Muslim envoys

Greater Kashmir

Islamabad, Dec 6: Pakistan Muslim League (N) chief and former premier, Nawaz Sharif held talks with the envoys of various Muslim countries here Thursday.
 According toÿa partyÿspokesman, the PML chief discussed in detail the country’s current political situation, particularly the forthcoming elections with the ambassadors of Muslim Countries.
 Expressing his party’s resentment over rejection of his candidacy by the election commission authorities, Sharief told the diplomats that he as well as his brother would not appeal against the rejection their nomination papers, as he believed that it was inappropriate to restrict them from participating in the general election.
 He said that the EC authorities’ act of rejecting their candidacy was a clear evidence of the fact that the authorities were not ready to provide level playing field for all political parties.
 He maintained that under these circumstances one can’t believe in a free and fair electoral process. “It does not seem that free, fair and transparent elections would be possible,” he added.
 The spokesman quoted Nawaz as saying that his party highly valued relations with the Islamic countries, who always stood by Pakistan.
 Commenting on the charter of demands he told the foreign diplomats that the All Parties Democratic Movement (APDM) and the Alliance for Restoration of Democracy (ARD) have set up a committee that would chalk out the charter of demands to be presented to the government.
 The ambassadors of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Behrain, Tunis, Morocco, Iraq, Sudan, Palestine, Lebanon, Qatar, Libya, Aman and Turkey were present in the meeting.
 Meanwhile, a meeting of the eight member committee of APDM and ARD is underway to thrash out the charter of demands to be presented to the government for holding free, fair and transparent elections.
 After holding two hectic sessions the committee is expected to finalise a draft that would likely to be sent to leaders of the relative parties for the final approval.
 However, restoration of judiciary to pre-Nov 3 position, independent election commission and an “impartial caretaker setup” is believed to be on top of the demand list.