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Khosa slams Nawaz’s remarks about voting pattern

Published May 30, 2013 06:46am


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PPP Secretary General, Latif Khosa. — File Photo
PPP Secretary General, Latif Khosa. — File Photo

ISLAMABAD: PPP’s secretary general Sardar Latif Khosa has severely criticised PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif for his statement that only the decision taken by the people of Punjab in the May 11 elections was wise.

Addressing a news conference at the PPP’s central secretariat on Wednesday, the former Punjab governor accused Mr Sharif of spreading hatred through such controversial remarks. Speaking at a function held in Lahore on Tuesday to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the country’s nuclear tests, Mr Sharif, in his own interpretation of the voting pattern in each federating unit, had said: “Punjab’s decision was wise, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s emotional, Sindh’s traditional and Balochistan, a tribal province, voted for the PML-N.”

Accompanied by senior PPP leader from Balochistan Mir Baz Mohammad Khan Khetran and the party’s media coordinators Syed Wasif and Nazir Dhoki, Mr Khosa said Mr Sharif as prime minister should represent the whole country, and not only Punjab.

The PPP’s secretary general said that the May 11 polls had been manipulated by some international forces.

Without elaborating, he said “some forces” were not happy over the handing over of Gwadar Port to China and signing of the Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project. He alleged that under an international conspiracy, the PPP had been restricted to Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa handed over to the Pakhtuns and Punjab to the Punjabis.

Mr Khosa claimed that voter turnout in Balochistan was less than five per cent. Alleging that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had failed to hold fair and transparent elections, he claimed that men had cast votes in place of women in most parts of Balochistan and it could be verified through thumbprints of voters.

He said that despite reservations over the election results his party would support the new government in all its legal and constitutional actions.

Mir Baz Khan Khetran, who had been protesting outside the ECP offices against the alleged rigging in his constituency in Balochistan for the past several days, urged the ECP to use biometric system to identify fake votes. He said the PPP had been deprived of victory in at least 14 national and 46 provincial assembly seats.


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Comments (13) Closed

a May 30, 2013 06:59am

kota sahib just shut up accept your defeat

jugni May 30, 2013 12:08pm

who is khosa?

Abdullah May 30, 2013 12:31pm

Khosa has a point or two.

Amir May 30, 2013 02:01pm

One thing Mr. Khosa forgot to mention. The so called win-able candidates, the self proclaimed stalwarts of politics were rejected by the people of Pakistan. The positive outcome of this election is perhaps for the first time in the history of the country corrupt politicians of Pakistan were not elected.

kamran arain May 30, 2013 05:07pm

Interestingly all caretakers were PPPs choices, the Bureaucracy was also theirs' even then some international forces manipulated the elections.

R K Jain May 30, 2013 03:32am
I agree with PPP's Khosa that labelling the voters from various provinces is not conducive to promoting national unity. PM should represent the entire nation and any apperance of favouritism to one province is deterimental in bringing all political parties together during this crucial and critical time, when the PML-N needs the support of all to build the country and defeat extremism.
Sultan khan May 30, 2013 03:43am
The mentality of the biggest province which was the cause of the dismemberment of Pakistan is again resurfacing. His statement clearly states that only Punjabis are wise and rest of the Pakistanis are duffers and fools. Previously, he also got votes by rousing Punjabi chauvenism through the slogan of "Jaag Punjabi Jaag". Shame on you Maharaja of Punjab.
MM May 30, 2013 03:50am
More international conspiracy in the next election, you would be out of Sindh as well .... God willing!
Hina May 30, 2013 04:53am
A mature politician cannot divide people by uttering such words
ZK May 30, 2013 10:22am
Good number of educated people voted for PTI in Punjab and Sindh. But they were out numbers by the people serving under the influence of chowdry's and vadarays and bhaya's. I salute those people for there courage of change. No we all nation have been succesfull in bringing change among our selves and it will soon reach assemblies as well.
Irfan Baloch May 30, 2013 12:10pm
do you know that Nawaz is not even a Punjabi? he is from Neelam valley in Kashmir how about that?
Salma Khan May 30, 2013 02:50pm
Lets simplify: Punjab (by rigging) to PML (N) Sindh (by martyrdom) to PPP KPK (by people) to PTI Baluchistan (by military) to NONE
Akram May 31, 2013 08:47am
Nawaz sharif is showing that he has learnt nothing from the last 14 years in the wilderness.