Staff Reporter Islamabad
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has rejected a letter by the National Command and Operation Centre suggesting postponing the Azad Jammu and Kashmir elections for two months because of the coronavirus pandemic.
PML-N leader and former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi spoke to the media in Islamabad about PML-N’s stance over NCOC’s letter on Tuesday.
‘What has NCOC got to do with [the] elections?’ Abbasi asked, saying that this is a conspiracy for rigging.
‘The same thing that happened in Gilgit-Baltistan is being repeated in Azad Kashmir,’ he said.
He said a rigging attempt was being made. Abbasi questioned whether NCOC talking about a delay in elections is constitutional. ‘Haven’t elections been held in other parts of the country?’ he asked.
He insisted that this is an attempt to ‘steal’ the elections in AJK and made references to previous elections in Pakistan.
Let the elections be held according to the will of the people, Abbasi said, adding that the PML-N wants the elections in AJK to be on time. ‘We reject the NCOC letter. It should be withdrawn,’ he said.
‘Consider it resistance or reconciliation, but the politics of PML-N is based on the constitution and principles,’ he said.
Refuting media reports of the PML-N making an effort to bring the PPP back into the PDM alliance, Abbasi said they have made ‘zero efforts’..