Analysts hail PTI-led government for introducing EVMs, granting voting rights to overseas Pakistanis
Ali Muhammad Khan (Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs): The PTI-led government has shown that Pakistan’s expatriate Pakistani community matters. It was their basic democratic right, and previous governments deliberately kept them out of their constitutional right. Opposition leaders need to understand the overall impact of this decision on the future of democracy in Pakistan. The opposition parties are making unnecessary cries because they cannot manipulate the reasoning of Pakistanis overseas. The recent development will practically materialize the “Honor of the vote and the ballot” in the country. The Pakistani community living abroad will easily return the earned money to their home country if they are assured of the elimination of irregularities and corruption.
Lawyer Syed Ali Zafar (Senator): The fundamental spirit of democracy is inclusion and pluralism. The current government is to be congratulated for this unique development which will enable Pakistanis overseas to participate in the general elections. The level of transparency will eventually increase after the digitization of the voting system in Pakistan. There are several countries which do not need electronic voting machines because they do not face irregularities in the electoral process. Third world countries like Pakistan need such developments to tackle the problem of election rigging. This step will strengthen democracy in Pakistan and opposition parties should not hijack the development process.
Zulfiqar Bukhari (Principal Chief of the PTI): It was Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision that overseas Pakistanis should enjoy their basic democratic “right to vote”. The government of the day deserves praise for making the PTI manifesto and Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision a reality. The introduction of the electronic voting machine will culminate the challenge of rigging and electoral engineering. In addition, the voices of Pakistani expatriates will play a decisive role in the victory of the legislative elections. Pakistanis living abroad cannot be manipulated by local politicians to vote for them without doing a cost-benefit analysis. The politics of creed, race and caste will soon end in Pakistan.
Lieutenant-General (retired) Asif Yasin Malik (former Secretary of Defense): Pakistan has once again shown the world that we are a peaceful nation. India has always tried to undermine regional peace, but Pakistan has always responded effectively to their nefarious practices. The impact of the Doha talks is evident to the whole world, and world powers should welcome Pakistan’s constructive role in promoting peace in Afghanistan. Pakistan has allowed Afghan trucks to transport humanitarian aid from India to their home country via the Wagah border despite political differences with India. This step by Pakistan shows Pakistan’s readiness to cooperate with countries like India on regional peace and stability.