Politicians should have same respect as judges, generals: PM Abbasi

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Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday has strongly condemned Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's statement regarding calling caretaker government as alien and declared it as unconstitutional.

Terming the remarks against the spirit of the Constitution and its mandate, the election body, in a statement, said that it was completely ready to conduct the independent 2018, adding that the ECP was entirely independent to discharge its legal constitutional responsibilities.

An ECP spokesperson cautioned those holding high offices to refrain from making such statements, which are based on speculation and hearsay.

While referring to upcoming general elections, the premier said that the vote of the people should be respected. "I have discussed the appointment of caretaker prime minister with the opposition leader, and it is hoped that an agreement would be reached on one name". "The decision made by the ballot boxes should be respected for the next five years".

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"The issue of caretaker prime minister was not so important but it was being given undue importance", asserted the premier.

Abbasi said that the government will accept any name given to them by opposition for caretaker PM.

Speaking about former law minister Zahid Hamid's resignation in the wake of a controversial amendment to the Khatm-e-Nabuwwat oath for electoral candidates, he said the erstwhile minister purposely stepped down to bring an end to a controversy over the law.