Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf has emphatically stated that anti-democratic and anti-state elements will not be allowed to derail the democratic setup in the country.
“He wants to convey a message to the anti democracy elements that we will not succumb to their intrigues. We shall not let any one derail the democracy. We gave and are ready to give any kind of sacrifice for the country and democracy”, he said.
He said the demand to dissolve the Election Commission of Pakistan is extra constitutional.
Neither the Election Commission‚ nor its members‚ can be removed as their appointment was made in accordance with the Constitution, he said.
Raja Pervez Ashraf said the government committed to hold free‚ fair and transparent elections in accordance with the provisions of the constitution. Care-taker set-up at the centre and the provinces would be formed after consultation with all the stakeholders.
He said the Government is fully committed to its political and constitutional obligations and believes in strengthening the institutions.
With the collective wisdom of our coalition partners democracy is gaining strength in the country, he said. The National and Provincial Assemblies are completing their tenure successfully in the next few weeks, he added.
The prime minister said he is a great believer in politics of consensus and reconciliation. However achieving consensus requires sacrifices‚ understanding‚ patience and commonality of purpose, he said.
The PM said that political leadership must be equipped with these qualities to ensure democracy and constitutionalism.
He said sustained political stability is a pre-requisite for achievement of economic well being of the country.