Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s former senior vice chairman and an ex-acting Sindh chief minister, Tariq Jawed, has described Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) process of accepting and rejecting nomination papers of candidates as `the strong establishment’s scripted and calculated move’.
Commenting on the ECP’s process of accepting or rejecting nomination papers, he said that the double-standards being adopted for the work not only amounted to a mockery but was also against the national and international norms and Islamic values, besides being immoral and against the country’s survival and solidarity.
Mr Tariq Jawed, who has also served as the MQM’s Coordination Committee’s deputy convener and is currently its member, said that on the one hand, nomination papers of those who had defaulted on bank loans amounting to billions of rupees, got their bank loans written off, built their palaces abroad and inflicted heavy losses to the national exchequer were being accepted without any objections while, on the other, nomination papers of candidates belonging to poor and middle-class people were being rejected on flimsy grounds.
Terming the on-going process of accepting and rejecting nomination papers `unjust’ and `unfair’, he said that such an act was an indication of the fact that present establishment, caretaker government and the ECP, under a calculated move and as per its script, were not only allowing particular families, wealthy and corrupt people who had looted national exchequer to participate in the elections but were also openly protecting them whereas truthful and honest people were being kept away from assemblies so as to set up a fascist regime in the country.
He also deplored that nomination papers of those failed to recite `Ayatul Kursi and Dua-e-Qunoot’ were rejected while on the contrary who had built palaces on two and three acres with the ill-gotten money were accepted.
He warned the people at the helm of affairs to desist from adopting double standards, or else they will have to face the wrath of Allah.