Now Nawaz Sharif’s sons also can vote: Fawad Chaudhry

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry. — AFP/File
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry. — AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday stated the following elections needs to be held via digital voting machines (EVMs)and “they are going to be held accordingly.”

Addressing a press convention following a gathering of the federal cupboard, the minister stated that the federal government will abide by no matter orders come from the court docket.

Chaudhry added {that a} committee has been shaped relating to EVMs which can liaise with the Election Commission of Pakistan. 

“We will provide whatever help the Election Commission needs from the government regarding EVMs,” he assured the nation.

The minister added that the PML-N needs to be grateful to the incumbent authorities as “now Nawaz Sharif’s sons will also be allowed to vote” within the subsequent basic elections.

‘Maryam Nawaz, PML-N social media wing create fake leaks’

Accusing PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz of “creating fake leaks,” Chaudhry said that there have been many such videos and “this isn’t the primary time”.

Maryam’s attitude has “at all times been damaging”, he said, adding that she and PML-N’s social media wing “create pretend leaks”.

Furthermore, casting further aspersions on Maryam, he said that “maybe Maryam Nawaz can be creating movies of her personal social gathering members to carry them beneath her management”.

Chaudhry claimed that an audio clip attributed to former chief justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar “has been proved false”.

“All the individuals concerned in these video games are proper earlier than us,” he said.

An audio clip allegedly featuring Nisar was leaked online in which a man could be heard telling another person that Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz “must be punished to create space for Imran Khan in politics.”

Meanwhile, welcoming the Supreme Court’s decision to disassociate itself from the campaign against judges, Chaudhry said that he had advised the SC to remain neutral on the issue.

On Sunday, he had tweeted: “Advised SCBA that they need to stay impartial, solely then attorneys can contribute!”

The minister added that the press release of the Supreme Court Bar Association is in accordance with the Constitution of Pakistan.

‘Flour prices in Karachi are higher’

On the rising inflation in the country, Chaudhry told the media that the price of sugar will come down to Rs85 per kg in the next fortnight.

“Unfortunately, costs of important commodities in Karachi are a lot greater than the remainder of the nation,” he lamented, adding that price of tomatoes, onions and garlic have come down.

The minister, however, added that the price of oil and electricity prices are rising.

“Flour costs in Karachi are greater as in comparison with different cities of the nation,” he said, adding that sugar is currently being sold at Rs107 per kg in Karachi.

It is pertinent to mention here that the weekly inflation in Pakistan, based on the Sensitive Price Index (SPI), for the week that ended on November 18, registered an increase of 18.34% (year-on-year) for the combined income group — highest since April 2021.

According to the provisional figures released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), the average prices of 27 essential items, including chicken, cooking oil, bananas, vegetable ghee, eggs, etc., rose during the outgoing week.

Meanwhile, prices of 10 items, including tomatoes, sugar, onions and potatoes bag underwent a decline.

‘Decisions taken at the provincial level have proved to be better’

Responding to Fawad Chaudhry, Sindh Minister for Information Saeed Ghani said that since the federal minister has joined PTI he “neither is aware of concerning the structure nor does he know concerning the legal guidelines.”

“All the selections taken on the provincial stage have proved to be higher than these taken on the federal stage,” he said.

The provincial minister said that Sindh had procured 1.2 million tons of wheat according to the needs of the province.

“Wheat manufacturing in Punjab is greater than 70%,” Ghani said, adding that the commodity disappears in the province within a month of the new crop. “Where did the 6.6 million tons of wheat go?”

“Is Sindh accountable?” Ghani questioned the federal minister.

He said: “We [people of Sindh] are struggling because of the incompetence of the federal authorities.”

Speaking about inflation, he said that when the price of petrol is Rs145 per litre in Pakistan, while the value of the rupee against the US dollar plunged to an all-time low of Rs175, “then who can management inflation?”

Answering Chaudhry’s statement regarding higher prices in Karachi, Ghani said that the provincial government has a price control mechanism.

“The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) releases inflation knowledge of your complete nation and never only for Sindh,” he said.

“The incompetence of the federal authorities has led to the sugar, flour, fuel crises,” he added.