Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan Secretary General Liaqat Baloch has said that utilization of money in elections is political terrorism, asking the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to ensure free, fair and transparent senate elections in the country.

Addressing a news conference here on Tuesday, he added that the upcoming senate election on March 5 was a test for members of parliament, federation and ECP as any kind of horse-trading would distort the face of democracy. He asked all political parties to unite against political terrorism, hurling a warning that if the upcoming senate election became controversial like 2013 polls, it would prove fatal for the democratic system. He suggested to the ECP to draw a clear method for making the senate election transparent instead of following in the conventional procedures.

He claimed that some people moved around holding bags filled with currency to purchase the members of provincial assemblies. “It has become inevitable in this situation to implement Articles 62 and 63 of constitution in letter and spirit,” he suggested. He also asked the political parties not to issue tickets to those candidates, who tended to become part of horse trading and dent public’s trust.

Baloch was of the opinion that the government committed violation of constitution by declining from holding local government elections. He demanded the government to hold the local government elections forthwith. He declared that the JI would support creation of new provinces in the country.

Referring to National Action Plan (NAP), he said that it had been formed for the elimination of terrorism from the country but police abused this law and utilized it as a tool to victimize religious circles. He strongly condemned police raids on masjids and seminaries as well as arrests of clerics. He asked the government to immediately clear its position on the issue of crackdown on religious circles and withdraw orders for the detention of clerics.