ISLAMABAD: Jamait Ulama-e-Islam (S) Friday announced to boycott the upcoming elections, saying that the government has already taken steps to manipulate the polls outcome and to establish “the parliament of choice” to get approval of the unconstitutional moves taken by President Musharraf. Chief of JUI (S) Maulana sami-ul-Haq while announcing the polls boycott in a press conference here said that the party would withdraw its nomination papers, filed for 26 National Assembly seats and 40 provincial assemblies’ seats on today.
He said that JUI (S) took the decision after thoroughly reviewing the current political situation in the party’s central executive committee and parliamentary board’s two-day meeting. The meeting, he said, unanimously decided to boycott the polls after reviewing ground realties and concerns related to the process.
He said that all JUI (S) candidates have been advised to withdraw their nomination papers on Saturday (today). Justifying his decision, Maulana Sami-ul-Haq said that there could not be free, fair and transparent elections without restoring the constitution and judiciary besides constituting an independent Election Commission.
He accused the government of pre-rigging the elections as state machinery is being used by the authorities to achieve the desired results. He also criticized the political parties including PPP, PML (N), PML (Q), MQM, JUI (F) and ANP for approving Musharraf’s secular agenda by agreeing to contest the polls.-SANA