N-League must go for by-elections on NA-122 & 125 seats
Pakistan Muslim League (N) that had faced a great embarrassment on Saturday after the decision of Election Tribunal that had declared null and void the election of NA-122 because of massive irregularities in election on this seat.
PML(N's) Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq had not only lost NA-seat but also the speakership of the Parliament as well. After the decision of the Election Tribunal, Ayaz Sadiq has decided to move a petition in the Supreme Court to chal- lenge the decision. But one thing is very clear, now Ayaz Sadiq will not be sitting in the Parliament as Speaker as long as the House re-elects him as Speaker in case the Supreme Court grants him stay.
Political analysts believe that the PML(N) would not take the risk of getting Ayaz Sadiq re-elected as Speaker, because the stay order can be vacated any time and once again the PML(N) would be facing the same great shame and humiliation that it faced this Saturday after the decision of the Judge of Election Tribunal Kazim Malik.
The same judge had already declared null and void the victory of Federal Minister Khaja Saad Rafiq from NA-125, Lahore, a few weeks back, but he had obtained a stay order and enjoying the fruit of democracy as minister.
If Ayaz Sadiq too gets a say order, the PML(N) would have one more MNA hav- ing the umbrella of stay order. Similarly, two more cases of riggings on NA seats won by N-League will be decided in next few days and the PML(N) would have to face more embarrassment if the winners too faced the same fate like Khawaja Saad Rafiq and Ayaz Sadiq.
Now the question is that why the PML(N) afraids of by-election on the seats of Khawaja and Ayaz Sadiq? Recently, the PML(N) have won six seats in by-elections and if the party goes for by-election on two more seats - NA-122 & NA-125, where the election had been declared null and void, the N-League would be in a better position to win those seats this time with dignity, pride and honour.
For how long the PML(N) would carry the tag and stigma of stay orders that would further damage the popularity of the party and increase sympathy vote of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf.
The second important issue is the removal of the commissioners of the Election Commission of Pakistan. The Judicial Commission report and Election Tribunal decisions have torn apart the efficiency, image and performance of the Election Commission of Pakistan.
As the government had already got certificate of neat and clean election by the Judicial Commission, the government must kick out of ECP the controversial and 'nalaiq' commissioners, members and other staffers of the ECP.
PTI Chairman had given 2-week deadline to the government and Election Commission of Pakistan to purge the commission from duffer, incompetent and controversial commissioners, the government must act now and clear the mess by throwing unwanted elements out of the ECP.
If the government again keeps must on the ECP, it will give new vigour to PTI to launch another 'dharna' that Imran Khan says would be more vigorous than the previous 126-days ' dharna'.
The PML(N) had already annoyed the PPP, MQM and it would lose the support of more parties in the Parliament in case it ignores sweeping changes in the Election Commission of Pakistan.
Before ending this column, I would appreciate the judge of Election Tribunal Kazim Malik who had thrown into dustbin the doctrine of necessity and exposed massive irregularities in election on NA122 seats.
Like the Judicial Commission this judge of the EC could have followed the doctrine of necessity, but he showed chivalry and decided on merit the case to uphold justice and to give hope to people of change in the rotten democratic system of Pakistan.