LAHORE: PML-N leader Mian Javed Latif on Sunday claimed that the party supremo Nawaz Sharif is expected to head back to the country after Eid, adding that the coalition government in his opinion will not last longer than six months.
The PML-N leader said the decision pertaining to Nawaz’s anticipated return will be discussed with the coalition partners and added that all decisions would be first brought up with constituent parties of the coalition.
Regarding the myriad of problems facing the country, Latif suggested that the only solution to remedy the prevailing woes was to hold fresh elections. “However, there was this task of election reforms that had to be done prior to elections,” he stressed.
He pointed out that the issues regarding the electronic voting machines (EVMs) and overseas voting rights were two primary issues that are to be addressed at the earliest.
He said: “EVMs are susceptible to external interference, and similar to RTS, this system can be tempered with easily. As for overseas Pakistanis, exclusive seats can be created for them to elect their own representative, similar to the seats in Kashmir where seats are reserved for migrants.”
The overseas Pakistanis, he added, can be allowed to vote in constituencies as they have no interests attached with their areas.
PPP’s senior leader Farhatullah Babar assessed it might take at least seven months before the coalition government will be able to proceed toward fresh elections.
The time frame, he said, he was giving was based on the time election commission has sought for preparations for the elections, adding the prevailing crisis in the country certainly required fresh polls.
The PPP leader said that in these few months, political parties will bring in the election reforms, which remains their primary challenge.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson to Nawaz Sharif, Muhammad Zubair, refrained from making explicit remarks regarding PML-N supremo’s return, saying “this was a sensitive subject and could not broached at this stage”.
It is pertinent to mention that this is not the first time that whisperings about Nawaz Sharif’s return have surfaced. PML-N leaders, including Javed Latif, have made similar claims before as well.
However, with the PTI government ousted, the prospects of Nawaz Sharif’s return to home remain a subject of swirling speculations.