MULTAN

Former foreign minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that many political parties have risen objections on transparency of polls, performance of Election Commission and Supreme Court.

Talking to the journalists here on Thursday, he added that Imran Khan raised objection on transparency of election and demanded thumb verification in just four constituencies. “He (Khan) had said that the facts could have been brought about through thumb verification but his petitions are still pending,” he added.

To a query, he said that Imran Khan had not received any notice from Supreme Court so far. “If the notice is received, we’ll ponder over that what impacts can a court notice leave on a political party,” he added. He said that Chief Election Commissioner Fakhar Uddin Je Ibrahim himself acknowledged that the elections were almost transparent. “The elections are either transparent or non-transparent. There is no room for things like almost transparent in this process,” he maintained.

Commenting on the resignation of Chief Election Commissioner, he said that the way he expressed his helplessness during his recent interview to a private television channel revealed that the members of election commission did not cooperate with him in making election process transparent. He feared that the prevailing situation also cast doubts on the fate of local government elections.

DEATH ANNIVERSARY: Meanwhile, a spokesman for Qureshis declared that the 16th death anniversary of Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s father and former Governor Punjab Makhdoom Sajjad Hussain Qureshi will be held today (Friday). He added that the Quran Khwani will be held at Darbar Hazrat Bahauddin Zakariya while renowned naat khawans will pay homage to the Holy Prophet (PBUH) on this occasion. The prayer will be led by Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

expedite anti-power, gas pilferers drive:  Expressing dissatisfaction over the poor pace of action against electricity and gas pilferers, District Coordination Officer and chairman District Task Force for elimination of power theft Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah has directed the members of force to improve their performance and carry out inspection of all commercial and other connections.

Chairing a meeting of the force here on Thursday, he said that the pace of operation against power thieves slowed down in second phase, asking the members of the force to focus on achieving their targets. “The chief minister reviews the performance of task forces on weekly basis and if you continue to show the same performance, I’ll not be able to defend you people in coming meeting of provincial task force,” he warned. He further directed them to launch an indiscriminate operation and get arrested all those indicted in power theft cases. He also asked police officials to investigate the arrested power thieves and unearth the mafia involved in installation of chip in electricity meters.

Briefing the meeting, the Mepco officials disclosed that the power pilferers adopted latest techniques and methods for stealing electricity and now digital meters were also being reversed. They disclosed that a new round of crackdown was being launched within 24 hours.