Former PM Abbasi urges all stakeholders including military, judiciary to find way forward


Former PM says elections 2024 will lead to further chaos in the country amid rigging allegations
Rawalpindi: On Thursday, former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi urged all stakeholders including political parties, military and judiciary to sit together to find a way forward for the country.
Speaking to journalists outside the anti-corruption department office in Rawalpindi, the veteran politician said the February 8 election has become pointless, and it was the political leadership’s job to make them impactful, Geo News reported.
Referring to the allegations of denial of a level playing field to certain political parties, he expressed fear that the general elections in 2024 would lead to further chaos in the country.
Former PM Abbasi said the election should not be controversial, as elections were a revered process and would damage the country. Pointing towards alleged rigging in elections, he said the system did not work in 2018, and neither will it work now.
He said the country’s three largest parties had failed to deliver as neither of them had the solution for the problems. He also predicted that more than one political party would be formed in Pakistan soon.
Abbasi said he is not contesting elections but is still active in politics and would decide about forming a new political party after the elections.
Abbasi asked who would hold the National Accountability Board (NAB) and other anti-corruption institutes accountable as they had become the country’s most corrupt organisations.
“Today, people ask if the world is making progress, then why is Pakistan declining in development graph? Since 1947, every election has been stolen. The masses are disappointed in the election process. You still have time to make this process uncontroversial,” he said.
On a case about embezzlement in the Ghora Gali and Marri Road projects against him, the ex-premier said the notice meant for him was sent to his spokesperson instead of him, which was a way of harassing a politician in the election process. He said that if someone not contesting elections was being treated, imagine how the one challenging the polls would be treated.
He said he was accused of giving a contract for the construction of two roads to his favourite people. When he asked the department, it said the streets were not even constructed, he said.

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