In a press statement, Central President of Awami National Party (ANP) Asfandiyar Wali Khan alleged that the policy of weakening democratic institutions is still on whereas democracy must reign supreme. He said that for this purpose neutral and transparent elections should be held and power be transferred to what he called to the newly elected true democratic forces. The contention of this senior politician has no ground to stand upon while keeping in view the conduct of previous three general elections and smooth transfer of power from one elected government to another.
The transparency of election process in 2018 polls was confirmed not only by the intelligentsia and political analysts within in the country but by the observers of Common Wealth. The national watchdogs PILDAT and FAFEEN closely monitored the polling process and expressed satisfaction over it. It is not justified to point accusing finger on it. The people wanted to break the statisque and bring change. Hence they gave overwhelming mandate to PTI in the center and two provinces in addition to electing quite good number of its candidates in Sindh and Baluchistan.
Holding of peaceful, neutral and transparent election is not an easy task in the prevailing regional scenario. The threat of terrorism from across the border is far from over. The public and corner meetings of political parties were targeted with suicide bomb blasts in the frontline provinces of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and Baluchistan. ANP had lost a committed young leader Haroon Bilour in a bomb blast in a corner meeting in Peshawar in previous elections. The process of completion of mandated tenure of five years must continue if the opposition leaders are really interested in achieving the long cherished goal of a strong functional democracy.