Objections on electoral reforms bill may be result of rifts in allied parties: Fawad Chaudhry


ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry Saturday said that objections on the electoral reforms bill by the allied parties of the ruling PTI might be a result of internal differences among the political parties.

Speaking on Geo News programme Naya Pakistan, Fawad Chaudhry said that the ministers representing the allied parties were taken onboard when the draft of the bill was presented before the Cabinet for approval.

“Even the bill was drafted by Law Minister Farogh Nasim, who himself is from an ally, MQM, and another federal minister from the party, Aminul Haq, being in-charge minister of IT, is looking into the technical aspect of the EVMs,” Fawad added.

Similarly, he mentioned the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) as it, too, had representation in the Cabinet. The minister recalled that the allied parties had supported the bill passage when it was tabled in the National Assembly in June.

On the rapprochement between speedster Shoaib Akhtar and PTV host Nauman Niaz, he said that the issue was not that big, but that social media complicated it.

Replying to a question about a notice of claiming damages, issued by the PTV management to Shoaib Akhtar, he said the PTV management would decide about the fate of the notice, but that it would be taken back. “Several notices get issued and are taken back; it’s not a big deal,” the minister added.

Fawad Chaudhry yet again criticised the opposition alliance and the possibilities of regrouping of the political parties. He said the opposition parties did not have on ground footing or candidates to field in all constituencies across Pakistan.