Former PM Abbasi Warns of Chaos Ahead of Feb 8 Polls, Calls for National Dialogue

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the former prime minister and senior leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), has warned that the upcoming general elections on February 8 will lead to chaos and instability in the country unless the political, military, and judicial leadership sit together and determine the way forward for the country.

Abbasi, who appeared before the anti-corruption department in Rawalpindi on Thursday for interrogation in a case related to alleged embezzlement in two road projects, said that the elections had become purposeless and controversial due to alleged political engineering and rigging.

He said that the elections were a sacred process and making them controversial would damage the country’s interests and democracy. He said that the electoral system had failed to deliver in 2018 and it would fail again in 2024.

He said that the three largest parties of the country, the PML-N, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), had failed to address the problems of the people and the country. He said that he expected more than one new political party to emerge in Pakistan soon.

He said that he had not left politics, but he had not sought the PML-N ticket for the elections. He said that he would decide about forming a new political party after the elections.

He also criticized the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and other anti-corruption institutions, saying that they had become the most corrupt organizations in the country. He said that they were harassing and victimizing politicians in the name of accountability.

He said that he had received a notice from the anti-corruption department through his spokesperson, instead of directly, which was a sign of malafide intention. He said that he was accused of awarding contracts for the construction of Ghora Gali and Marri Road to his favourites, but the department itself admitted that the roads were not even constructed.

He said that the people of Pakistan were asking why the country was lagging behind in development and progress, while the rest of the world was advancing. He said that since 1947, every election had been stolen and the masses were disappointed with the election process. He said that there was still time to make the process fair and transparent.

He urged the political, military, and judicial leaderships of the country to sit together on the table and have a national dialogue to resolve the issues and challenges facing the country. He said that this was the only way to save the country from chaos and crisis.

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