‘Darkest day’: Opposition to problem electoral amendments in SC

Soon after the federal government managed to go the Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2021 — granting voting rights to abroad Pakistanis and using digital voting machines — the joint opposition introduced difficult it within the Supreme Court.

Speaking to the media outdoors the Parliament, Leader of the Opposition and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif, who was flanked by Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and JUI-F’s Maulana Asad Mahmood, stated that at the moment is the darkest day within the historical past of Pakistan’s parliament as the federal government trampled on all of the traditions of a joint sitting.

“We had only asked the speaker to follow the rules [of the house] but he did not listen to a single word we said… Bilawal Bhutto and Asad Mahmood tried to convince him but he did not listen,” he added.

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Shehbaz claimed that the opposition had over 200 members through the session. However, he alleged that the federal government members have been “over counted”.

Calling the EVMs the “evil and vicious machines”, the opposition chief stated that it was being imposed upon the nation by the federal government and the opposition is not going to let that occur, including that they may problem it within the Supreme Court.

Speaking on the event, Bilawal stated your complete nation ought to know that the federal government was “defeated” at the moment as within the joint session legislations are handed by nearly all of the overall energy of the National Assembly and the Senate collectively.

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“This number comes out to be 222 votes which the government failed to muster,” he claimed.

The PPP chairman requested the media to make folks conscious of the truth that the federal government was “defeated” at the moment.

Responding to questions, he stated PPP has a historic stance that each establishment should work inside its personal constitutional ambit.

Earlier at the moment, the federal government achieved a vital victory within the parliament’s joint session because it managed to go the Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

The opposition, in protest, tore copies of the day’s agenda and walked out of the session in protest. The invoice on using EVMs was earlier deferred on the request of Adviser to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan however was later put up for a vote.

The opposition has already introduced forming a committee to problem the constitutional amendments put ahead by the incumbent authorities within the Supreme Court.

The committee contains PPP chief Farooq H Naik, Kamran Murtaza of JUI-F, and PML-N’s Ata Tarar.

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