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Days of manipulating elections are over: PM Ashraf

December 08, 2012

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf.—File Photo

FAISALABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Saturday said that the days of manipulating the elections are now over.

Addressing a gathering of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) workers here, the Prime Minister said that the verdict in the Asghar Khan case by the Supreme Court was an eye-opener and showed how the election results were manipulated in the past.

Ashraf added that the case had unveiled many things and that party workers need to study it to be aware of those who try to manipulate the results.

Moreover, he claimed that the PPP always succeeds with an overwhelming majority whenever there are free, fair and transparent elections.

The PM said that there was a time when everyone believed it was impossible to get rid of the dictatorial regime of former President Pervez Musharraf. However, it was the political acumen of President Asif Ali Zardari that led to the ouster of the dictator, he claimed.

He said it also goes to the credit of President Zardari that all the powers of the President of Pakistan were handed over to the parliament.