So, the PPP could have blamed the parties concerned and governments for rigging in the elections held in AJK and the Punjab. But on the contrary, Wattoo appreciated the AJK government for holding free and fair elections. He said blaming the PPP-led government for any rigging in the general elections was baseless. “The PPP has coalition governments in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Sindh where the polls were postponed while polls in AJK and the Punjab, where Muslim Conference and PML-N respectively control administration, were held,” he added.
If anyone doubted that rigging was carried out then PML-N and MC would be responsible for that, he said, adding, “But I appreciate the MC steps for free and fair elections as it could secure only four seats and PPP 21, which was the proof of the AJK government’s impartiality”.
“I don’t want to indulge in blame game but people know what police and returning officers did during the polls in the Punjab. I wish that the PML-N had nothing to do with the incidents of partiality and the officials took the steps on their own,” he said. He said dates for holding polls in Sindh, Balochistan and KPK as well as other areas would be announced soon. He said the blame game should now come to an end, as elections in AJK had finished and general elections in Pakistan were not far away.
“The PPP leadership and President Asif Ali Zardari tasked me with ensuring free and fair elections and I honestly performed my duties. The blames against the PPP and its leaders are not new, as all opposition parties did their best to belittle the party in the Gilgit-Baltistan elections, but the PPP convincingly won there as well,” Wattoo said.