Addressing a press conference, he said those who oppose the creation of the said province will face defeat in elections. To a question on PPP-PML-Q alliance, he said that their election partnership was positively moving forward.
He claimed the two ruling coalition parties were prepared to field strong candidates for the upcoming general elections. “The PPP and the PML-Q will field suitable candidates to win seats. Good panels will be formed for MNA and MPA elections,” he added. Wattoo said the central Punjab would be a battlefield in the next elections and the PPP has always won in a triangular fight. Wattoo accused the PML-N of using assorted tactics to weaken the democratic system. On PPP members who had crossed over to the PML-N, he said they are defectors who could not escape disqualification. He also alleged that the Punjab government has started pre-poll rigging by means of lodging fake cases against its rivals using the government machinery.
He said that accountability of such people was not far away.
Speaking about the recent developments in the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project, he said the government was taking all steps in the larger interest of the country. “If we can benefit from Iranian gas, we should utilize it,” he added.Meanwhile, Acting UK High Commissioner Susan Hyland called on Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo here on Saturday and exchanged views on the next elections in Pakistan and the development projects started by the government. Wattoo told Susan the federal government had achieved most of the development targets and now the government was committed to hold general elections in a free and free manner.