Hails consensus appointment of CEC
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain Tuesday expressed his conditional support for dual nationality holders, saying that those holding dual nationality should be given conditional permission to contest elections but must not be given any government office till they renounce their second nationality.
“The matter is before the Standing Committee, and we will present our point of view before it,” he said while addressing reporters at the reception hosted in conjunction with Secretary General Mushahid Hussain Sayed at the Muslim League House Tuesday in honour of the Adviser to the Prime Minister Imtiaz Ahmad Ranjha.
The PML-Q president said that elections would be held in 2013, and his party desired to contest the polls with its allies. He further said that an adjustment of seats would be arranged with the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).
In response to a question, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain said that the consensus reached on the name of the chief election commissioner (CEC) was a very welcome development. However, he observed that the PML-N had proposed a name that the government had accepted, and that the attempt by some PML-N leaders to claim sole credit for the appointment was regrettable.
In response to another question regarding the contempt law that sailed through the National Assembly on Monday night, the PML-Q leader said that the matter was now before the court.
Regarding the restoration of Nato supply routes through the country, Chaudhry Shujaat said that the decision had been taken unanimously by all allied parties, and the matter concerned more than 50 allied countries and not just Pakistan and the United States.
Earlier, addressing the reception, Chaudhry Shujaat said that the people of the country should not be disheartened, and revolutionary changes would rescue the country from its quagmire of problems. He claimed that workers were the backbone of the party, and that the appointment of Imtiaz Ahmad Ranjha was ample proof of just how important party workers were to the PML-Q leadership. He said Ranjha would now sit at the Muslim League House and solve the problems faced by the masses. e further revealed that he had asked Imtiaz Ranjha to formulate a six month policy that could immediately address the problems of the workers.
Speaking on the occasion, Secretary General Mushahid Hussain Sayed said the United States had lost its war in the region, and now there was no longer any justification for continued drone attacks.
Balochistan Finance Minister Mir Asim Karugeelu, speaking on the occasion, said that the Muslim League was sincerely fighting Pakistan’s case in Balochistan, and added that the party was the biggest parliamentary force in the province under leadership of Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain.
Muslim League Gilgit-Baltistan President Mirza Hussain Baig, Minister of State Akram Masih Gill, Adviser to the Prime Minister Naseer Khan Mengal, Syed Qasim Shah, PML Women Wing President Mrs Farrukh Khan, Senior Vice President Syed Faqeer Hussain Bokhari, Intekhab Chamakni, Ejaz Khan Durrani, Ulema-o-Mashaikh Wing President Pir Syed Chiraghuddin Shah, Labour Wing President Muhammad Imtiaz Raja, Vice-President Sultan Gul, Muslim League Fata’s Naseeb Nawaz, Shabnam Rukhsana, Farzana Malik, Raja Fayyaz and Chaudhry Jahangir also addressed the gathering on the occasion.