Maryam terms early Senate elections a plan to distort Constitution

Maryam terms early Senate elections a plan to distort Constitution

Lahore (Web Desk): Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Thursday said that the government’s plan to hold early Senate elections was an attempt to distort the Constitution of Pakistan.

Addressing a press conference in Lahore, the PML-N vice president blamed Prime Minister Imran Khan for "destroying" national institutions by dragging them into politics for his own interests.

She said that even if the government’s plan to hold early elections cannot save it from going home.

Criticising PM Imran, the PML-N leader said Maryam Nawaz said that playing with dogs is something else but playing with institutions is dangerous, adding that holding elections after opposition’s resignations is a mere threat.

Maryam also accused the premier of "destroying" national institutions by "dragging them into politics".

"You became a self-proclaimed FIA (Federal Investigation Agency) chairman, you became a self-proclaimed FBR (Federal Board of Revenue) chairman, and now you want to become the chairman of the election commision," she said.

Maryam said that the Election Commision of Pakistan (ECP) has the authority to hold and announce elections, and it was not the prerogative of the prime minister to do so.

Maryam said that the prime minister was making the Supreme Court (SC) "controversial" by involving it in the matter of introducing the "show of hands" method for Senate elections.

The PML-N leader said that she was not against "show of hands"; however, Maryam claimed that the motive behind the government's move "was not transparent".

"You forgot the show of hands method when the vote of no-confidence motion was moved against the Senate speaker. You used the state's machinery to influence the vote," she said.

Responding to a question, Maryam Nawaz said that the opposition will not sit silently while the government announces by-elections.

"You can't hold a by-election on 500 seats," the PML-N leader said.