The Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) emir, Sirajul Haq, has joined Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in asking for new elections, arguing that this is the only way to get the country out of its current political and economic squabbles.
Mr. Haq presided over a meeting of the party’s central leadership in this location near Mansoorah on Wednesday.
Before the election, he stated that electoral reforms should be implemented with the backing of all political parties because the election would be futile and would add to the already existing uncertainty.
I am concerned that, in the absence of reforms, many political parties will disregard poll results.
He believed that political parties should engage in constructive debate over the agenda items of establishing the rule of law, removing the power of the political establishment, and enacting electoral reforms.
The key priority for the political leadership now that the military institution has promised to the country to stay politically neutral, he said.
He proposed that political parties collaborate to strengthen the Election Commission, providing it with a sound financial and organizational foundation and ensuring its independence.
Mr. Haq said that the general public has lost faith in the democratic process as a result of a history of poll tampering and election manipulation.
He believes it is the job of political leaders to restore public trust in the electoral process.