Pakistan PM hopes election process will complete amicably
Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf expressed the confidence late Saturday that the election process will be completed smoothly and amicably.
In his farewell address to the nation over Radio Pakistan and Pakistan Television networks on completion of government term, the Prime Minister appealed to all political parties, national institutions, civil society and the media to play their roles for peaceful elections.
He said that the national and provincial assemblies' elections will be held on the same day and that all arrangements have been made for free, fair and transparent elections.
He said that new computerized voter lists have been prepared and there will be no chance of election fraud in the presence of political parties, independent election commission, judiciary, effective media and the active civil society.
The Prime Minister said that he is making efforts to reach an understanding with the opposition on the caretaker set-up.
The speech shows that the deadlock between the government and the main opposition party over the nomination of a caretaker Prime Minister still exists as Raja Pervez Ashraf did not say anything about the agreement on the issue.
The speech was mainly focused on the performance of Prime Minister's Pakistan Peoples Party and its allies. "We have completed our constitutional term and will be going to the peoples' court," he said.
The Prime Minister acknowledged that the government did not do enough during the last five years. "However, it lessened the problems it inherited and strengthened roots of the democracy so that no one could ambush it in future."