LAHORE: Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran chief Dr Tahirul Qadri will move the Supreme Court within one or two days for removal of all provincial election commissioners and the discretionary funds of the prime minister and chief ministers amounting to billions of rupees, separately.
Qadri was addressing a press conference on Thursday at the TMQ headquarters four days after the government delegation representing all the ruling coalition parties turned down these demands during negotiations with him.
Qadri said: “I want restructuring and reformation of the Election Commission of Pakistan since its constitution was totally unconstitutional and the mode of appointment of election commissioners given by the Constitution could never be revoked by the president, parliament, cabinet or any parliamentary committee,” Qadri added.
He said he would appear before the Supreme Court personally to present his case. He said another petition would be moved before the apex court for providing 50 percent subsidy on daily use commodities. He said he was trying to reconstitute the ECP so that the upcoming general election could be held in a transparent, free and fair manner.
The appointments of provincial members of the EC were not done according to the Article 268, adding such appointments had no constitutional value. He said the parliamentary committee was bound to call three members from each province before selecting one as the provincial member of the EC.
He appealed to the SC and chief election commissioner to take into custody all the relevant record of the parliamentary committee on the appointments of the EC members to prevent it from future tampering.
He demanded that all the development funds, released to MNAs and MPAs, should be immediately withheld as the election campaign had begun with the informal announcement of the date of holding general election by the government. “The use of these funds is pre-poll rigging”.
He was of the view that the government should subsidise seven commodities, including sugar, rice, flour, gas, ghee, electricity, from these funds. “Those sitting in parliament do not allow a single penny to reach the poor people of the country,” he added.