ISLAMABAD: PML (N) Secretary Information Ch. Ahsan Iqbal has said that the country was passing through a critical period in terms of the law and order situation, which was being fully exploited by the government to its benefit from it. “You know the opposition parties were receiving an overwhelmed public response. As you know where ever Nawaz Sharif has been going in a connection with the election campaign he kept on receiving a great deal of public warmth and support,” he told a private TV channel.
However, in the wake of the tragic assassination of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto in Rawalpindi on December 27th when a motorcycle led by Nawaz Sharif was also subjected to intensive firing, the government took no worthwhile measures to prevent such incidents of terror, he said.
“The government is using this state of order as a political tool to prevent the opposition parties from running an affective election campaign. The Caretaker government appears to be helpless in these circumstances wherein activists of the opposition parties are being targeted, as was the case here in my constituency where my office was attacked.”
He claimed that the election campaign of his party has been affected in these circumstances.
“Of course, the election campaign of our party has been affected to a great extent and there is yet not that momentum which we intended to built; any how we are hopeful that from 6th of this month we would be able to gear up the campaign, after Mian Nawaz Sharif addresses all the candidates of our party in Lahore, to have an undertaking from them after having being elected the restoration of judiciary. Mian Nawaz Sharif Sahib would also address some public meetings which would hopefully give a boost to our campaign.”
To a question about safety precautions taken his party, he said, firstly we are avoiding major rallies and only intend to hold our election meetings in the controlled phenomenon, but we would definitely hold few public meetings where we would do what ever could do for the safety. “We would keep a distance between the stage and the public in our public meetings, to try to avert any eventuality. Secondly we are focusing on other means like print and electronic media to make our access to the maximum number of voters.”-SANA