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LAHORE: Former opposition leader in the Senate Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan smells a rat in the electoral exercise, saying some elements are attempting to ruin the polls environment.

“There’s some problem somewhere in the [process of] elections,” he told a press conference on Wednesday. “It’s not NAB (the National Accountability Bureau) but some elements who are attempting to spoil the atmosphere of elections.”

He said the PPP had named some of these serving officials but no notice was taken by the authorities concerned.

He said whether the party loses or wins the polls it will stress on making the exercise fair and transparent.

He said that the PPP would be a senior partner in case of a coalition government emerges after the July 25 vote.

Mr Ahsan blamed both the PTI and PML-N for using religion for electoral purposes and lauded PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari as being the only politician talking of manifesto and stressing on doing politics of ideology.

Published in Dawn, July 19th, 2018