Punjab caretaker Chief Minister Najam Sethi on Friday said that directions of the Election Commission of Pakistan would be implemented in letter and spirit.
Addressing a press conference, Sethi said that he was not going to make any policy decisions, as the task of the caretaker government was to extend cooperation to the ECP in ensuring free, fair and transparent elections. He said that he had complete backing of the ECP as far as the reshuffle of bureaucracy in the province was concerned.
He expressed that for the first time in the history of Pakistan, independent, constitutional and non-political caretaker governments were established.
Sethi said that he would be the first to quit if any attempt was made or any conspiracy was hatched to extend the tenure of the caretaker setup.
To a question, the CM said that he was neither interested nor canvassed for the office of the caretaker chief minister.
He said that five to six impartial people would be the part of the Punjab caretaker setup. He described law and order issue as the biggest problem. “Threat of terrorism in the upcoming elections is real and the Punjab government will do everything to stop the subversive acts in the province.” Sethi said, "I am ninety percent sure that I will succeed in the objective of holding free and transparent elections and will change the whole bureaucracy and administrative setup for this purpose.” He said the political leadership had showed complete confidence in him and the media would have a pivotal role to ensure free and fair elections.
To a question, he said that US had played no role in his appointment as the caretaker CM and he never held one-on-one meeting with US envoy Richard Olson. The CM said that in past when the governments’ of Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto were dismissed, allegations were hurled against him of making 'conspiracy' against them. He denied any role in any conspiracy and said he always presented truth before the masses. He stated that security would be provided to all politicians during the election campaign. Traditional training is being given to the police and army while terrorist are better trained, he added.