Pervaiz Rashid terms PPP decision not to take part in presidential elections as unfortunate

ISLAMABAD, Jul 30 (APP): Minister for Information and Broadcasting,Pervaiz Rashid Tuesday said that Pakistan People Party (PPP) decision not to take part in the presidential election was unfortunate.Talking with media outside the parliament house, he said,the PPP had participated in the general elections 2002 under a dictator which elected dictator Pervez Musharraf as the president.Pervaiz Rashid said that the holding of Presidential elections was a wish of the people which was being fulfilled today.He said Mamnoon Hussain would follow the constitution and law of the land after winning the presidential election.
He said following the May 11 General Elections, Pakistan had moved forward a long way and now the international companies were investing in the country and stock exchange position had improved.
The minister said “today the country will complete another phase of democracy where one President will go and the next will come through the power of ballot while earlier the Presidents were sent home in different methods of high handedness.”
He expressed the hope that during the next five years the democracy would be strengthened.
The Minister said that two third of the electoral college for the Presidential elections was taking part in the polls and a major opposition party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf was also taking part.
About PPP leader Raza Rabbani,the Minister said that his democratic credentials were very strong and hoped that he would maintain them.
To a question he said President Asif Ali Zardari was the constitutional president of the country and PML-N respected him.
“We are happy that President Asif Ali Zardari is completing his five years tenure and we will also respect him in future too.”
To another question he said MQM has extended unconditional support to PML-N in the presidential elections. He said PML-N is doing the politics of principles.
“We have respected the mandate of the people of the country and allowed other parties to form their governments where they have majority.”

(Courtesy: Associated Press of Pakistan)